Re: Too much water softener...
Posted by hj on March 08, 2003 at 08:50:29:
In response to Re: Too much water softener...
A softener is a softener. If it is "too little" it will just have to recharge more often and will use a "little" water and salt each time. A softener that is "too big" will do the same job, but will not have to recharge as frequently, but will use the same amount of water and salt, but will just use it all at once instead of a little at a time. As long as the softener is a "demand" type that measures the water usage and recharges when necessary, rather than a timer model that always recharges at the same time every week regardless of usage, then almost any size will be adequate.
: Hi,

: I am going to put in a water softener and have decided to do it myself after seeing some quotes from local dealers.

: One tested the water @ 18 grains of hardness w/ hardly any iron (he did not have me bypass my whole house filter), and quoted a softener only @ $2600.

: The other tested the water w/ the filter bypassed and told us 21 grains hardness and .9ppm iron (he said that any iron over .2ppm will stain). That dealer quoted a softener and iron filter @ $2350 for both.

: Some charts I've seen online recommend a 32-40,000 grain softener. I would rather have one unit and go for the softener only so I'm not sure if I need a larger unit. I can get a 40K grain softener for $503, a 48K grain for $533, or a 64K grain for $600.

: My question is, can you have a softener that is too big? The only drawback to a larger softener that I can think of is that it will take more salt and water for regeneration, but is it worth the extra $30-100.

: Thanks for the advice.

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