Water Softener questions
I have some questions about water softeners, have searched the forums, but still have some questions.
I live in Orange County, California. My water hardness was tested at 10 grains by a couple of people. Chlorine was tested at 2.5ppm. I have a condo with 2 occupants.
I had three companies come to my house and give me estimates, none of which include an RO-not something I think Id really use. I buy bottled water and enjoy the convenience.
Culligan estimated $2195. The rep never mentioned which model this was, but essentially itÂs the softener unit with intermixed charcoal and the separate brine tank with electronic controls.
Kinetico estimated $4495, less $200 if I paid cash or check, less $100 is I gave him 3 referrals. And if I bought that night, I get a bunch of soap. I hate gimmicks. Anyway, this unit is the twin tank, separate declorinator and brine tank. IÂm sure you all know that there are no electronics on this unit, called the Mach series.
Rayne came up with an estimate of $2275, called the RXD1500. It includes the inter-mixed carbon softener tank and separate brine tank with electronic controls.
Of all the units, I like the Kinetico best for a few reasons. No electronics, separate declorinator, twin tanks for 24/7 soft water and the owner reviews IÂve read, it lasts a long time. It seems that the unit can also be taken with you when moving, with its ability to accept up to 1.5" plumbing (I currently have a 1").
My major concern with Kinetico, although I can afford it, is the price. I mean, is it really THAT good, double the others? IÂd like to think so, but would like some opinions.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.