Whirlpool vs. Fleck Softener for Cottage

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by chuck b, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. chuck b

    chuck b sea-bee

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    levering, michigan
    Re : 800 sq. ft. Northern Michigan Cottage - 4 Adults

    Test Results (New Well):

    Hardness: 9 Grains per Gallon
    Iron: 1.5 Parts per Million
    PH: 7.9
    TDS: 185 Parts per Million
    Chlorine: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    Tannin: 1.2 Parts per Million
    Alkalinity: 240 Parts Per Million

    Considering cabinet style Whirlpool WHE 44 (44,000 grain capacity) from Lowe's
    at $497

    Please compare + and - to Fleck 5600 and 7,000

    Thanks.
  2. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Please compare a Huffy Bicycle to a Cannondale. :)
  3. chuck b

    chuck b sea-bee

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    Would Huffy do the job? Cheaper . Less reliable? Thanks.
  4. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    An ordinary softener is not going to deal with the tannin.

    I don't think the bicycle comparison is apt, or at least it is not communicate well. The classic water softener with a Fleck controller and separate brine tank is very good value for money. It is not a boutique solution.
  5. ...are you serious?/
    the whirlpool water softener is a piece of junk
    compared to the Fleck unit or the Clack unit..

    unless you are only gonna have the cabin for a few years cause the whirlpool water softener is made to last about 5 years, (on average).


    Also, dont forget that no one will make repairs to the whirlpool water softener... Ask the freindly jerks at lowes who they recommend to repair the unit.. They dont have anyone to service that junk and ....
    No one wants to work on them...
  6. mialynette2003

    mialynette2003 Member

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    Both Fleck and Clack maje a cabinet model. With a Whirlpool, you will learn how it works. You may not want to, but you will learn. You get what you pay for. It may be cheap now, but you may end up spending more in the long run.
  7. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    I think the bicycle comparison is good. If you have even the slightest interest in quality, a Huffy is not one that you would buy. Huffy is (or was) a big name, and they specialized in making the cheapest piece of junk possible. Fleck (like Cannondale) has focused on the higher end equipment.

    I am a 25 year field technician and like has been stated, I would never even touch a Big Box store softener. Fleck, Clack, Autotrol, or some of the major brands (Culligan, Kinetico etc.) are made to be easily serviced and used in the field for decades.

    Are you wanting to treat the tannin? Do you notive any odor or tea colored water? Does the odor or color bother you? Many times tannins can be left untreated.
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