rent vs. purchase water softener

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by rburt5, May 31, 2008.

  1. rburt5

    rburt5 Member

    Canton, Ohio
    I have the money saved up to buy a new water softener, but I'm curious if there are benefits to renting. Are there some benefits other than not having to spend a large chunk of money all at once?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    If the rental is one that is exchanged monthly, then the benefit is that it can be installed at any convenient place without needing a drain or an electrical outlet. Otherwise no, at least not until it reaches the age where it needs servicing, and by that time you will have paid for the unit several times over, and it should be replaced anyway.
  3. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob In the Trades

    I'll rent something if I am going to use it only once. If I'll use something quite a bit, then it does not make economic sense to me to rent.

    Another way I look at things is "monthly payments for this and that". If I can reduce the amount I am required to pay on monthly payments, then I have more money left over each month for "fun stuff"!

    So I would rather pay $600.00 now for something and then have an extra $20.00 each month. That is $240.00 a year or $2,400.00 for 10 years.

    So reducing or eliminating a small monthly payment can add up to big bucks in the long run...
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    I can't think of any but there are other downsides to renting a softener, like poor service, old used equipment and in some cases poor salt and water inefficiency.
  5. how long are you going to live??

    most places around here rent you a metered water conditioner for about 20 bucks a month....
    that works out to 240 per year....x 4 years ==$960.00

    I put them in for under $1000.

    If you are only staying in your home for less than
    4 years, I suggest you rent....

    If you think you are going to kick the bucket in two years,
    its better for you to rent.

    If you are going to stay in your home till they carry you
    out on a gurney in 25 years you can see it is better to buy one.

    the only good thing about renting is
    If have extremely nasty water well water
    it is sometimes better to rent
    because they have to service and repair the unit when
    the water finally ruins it..
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Did you know that there are still people paying Ma Bell to rent a rotary dial phone... I know back when I got rid of mine back in the 70's it was $0.25 a month... All the smart people at least have a 900 MHZ cordless they bought for $9.99 at WallyMart. If they had been renting since then and the rental rate hasn't gone up figure they paid for that cordless 10X over and they still have a cord!:mad:
  7. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Mark, I disagree. A house with an owned softener is easier to sell than one with a rented softener, or no softener. And if the house is sold, all or part of the purchase price can be added into the price of the house. BTW, my delivered price for that same softener is less than $700. ;)
  8. I agree with you gary

    yes you are right, it is much better to but one

    but believe it or not in our town Culligan
    probably has well over 20,000 rental units out there
    and many of them are 15+ years old......

    it dont make sense , but that is what it is...
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