Need a new water softener

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by acody, May 21, 2020.

  1. acody

    acody Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    1,119
    49
    48
    Ratings:
    +193 / 74 / -5
    Our 10 year old Sears Kenmore water softener has a leaking valve. Due to age, it may not be worth fixing. Any thoughts on replacement brand recommendations or plumbing contractors to install it in Polk County Iowa?
     
  2. DSMdadclone

    DSMdadclone New Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    6
    0
    1
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0
    without a doubt, Kinetico
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. spierceisu

    spierceisu Active Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    510
    78
    28
    Male
    Process Engineer
    Waukee
    Ratings:
    +460 / 30 / -2
    I put in a GE one I got at Home Depot. The install was pretty simple and it had good reviews. I haven't had any problems with it in the 2 years I have had it.
     
  4. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    13,001
    1,135
    113
    Male
    IT
    Grimes, IA
    Ratings:
    +3,531 / 243 / -7
    Just get a Whirlpool brand at Lowes and find a plumber to install. Don't really see the value of the expensive units when a basic water softner does just as good of a job IMO. If you really want to improve your water quality too install a whole house water filter when you do it and you'll be amazed just how much those filters will keep from going through all your appliances and fixtures. I have a friend with a plumbing business that does great work and is very reasonably priced if you want to try him: https://mptplumbing.com/ I think somewhere on his facebook page he has a picture of the water softner with whole house water filter install he did at my home too.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  5. CTTB78

    CTTB78 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    9,431
    996
    113
    Ratings:
    +4,696 / 247 / -4
    Just replaced our 13 year old Kenmore and wanted to replace it with another one until I found out Sears doesn't sell them anymore.
    Researched all the brands and got quotes from expensive guys (Culligan, Kinetico) all the way down. Came to the conclusion that it didn't make sense for me to spend big money on the highest rated models.
    Ended up buying an EcoPure out of the Twins Cities on line for $398. It has the exact same look of my old Kenmore. Easy to install because of that.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  6. LarryISU

    LarryISU Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2013
    1,073
    363
    83
    Male
    insurance claim adjuster
    Omaha
    Ratings:
    +1,556 / 57 / -2
    I worked for Culligan years ago. Always repairing those things. Maybe they are better now. But here in Omaha we have a company called Futuramic. I bought their water softener 21 years ago and still works perfectly. About two years ago I had to have it serviced, wasn't much, and now it keeps running like clockwork. I doubt they would come to Des Moines to install one, but I'm sure any plumber could put in in for you. Installation is pretty simple actually. Need a water line running in and another one out.
     
  7. SpokaneCY

    SpokaneCY Well-Known Member
    SuperFanatic SuperFanatic T2

    Apr 11, 2006
    12,404
    1,665
    113
    Male
    Manager of Natural Gas / RETIREE!
    Spokane, WA
    Ratings:
    +8,075 / 437 / -39
    You totally pay for it, but great units. I've had 2.
     
  8. josh4cy

    josh4cy Active Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    395
    56
    28
    Ames, IA
    Ratings:
    +118 / 1 / -0
    Addie water systems, speck plumbing in Ames installed it for me. Better price than others and my plumber said they have been making the same basic model for years, you will always be able to get parts for it.
     
  9. tplumm

    tplumm Active Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    162
    40
    28
    Male
    Ankeny
    Ratings:
    +87 / 1 / -0
  10. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    13,001
    1,135
    113
    Male
    IT
    Grimes, IA
    Ratings:
    +3,531 / 243 / -7
    I guarantee any of you guys having issues with hard water if you installed a whole house water filter you would notice a big difference when you pair with any run of the mill big box store water softner. You are supposed to change these filters every 4-6 months. This video is on well water and over a year. I can tell you I change mine on city water every 4-6 months and they never look nearly that bad but mine go in white and come out very rusty looking. This is the same filter system I use too which is called Big Blue.

     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. josh4cy

    josh4cy Active Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    395
    56
    28
    Ames, IA
    Ratings:
    +118 / 1 / -0
    Good call on mentioning the whole house water filter. Mine has a clear housing so you can see what the filter looks like with our taking it out. I replace mine about every 2 months.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1

Share This Page