Culligan Water Softener Estimate for Parents
Hello and sorry to post a "water softener" thread without contributing to the forum.
My parents recently bought a house in the countryside which came with an old Culligan WS unit. They had zero experience with water softeners in the past. Recently, they had a service tech come by for a $150 checkup and he recommended they replace the 20+ year old unit.
Today on the phone, my mother mentioned that a Culligan salesman came by and quoted them $3600 for a HE, 1.25", 10 inch unit and reverse osmosis under the sink. Apparently this would include a lifetime warranty as long as they had $150/year service with filter change every 4 years for more.
They live with 3 of my siblings, 5 people in total in a 4 bath house on well water. I looked around the forums here and ordered a Ward household mineral test to get more info. The Culligan salesman told my mom their water had 12 grains of hardness and 292 ppm dissolved solids.
My folks are worried about damage being done to their appliances, as the current Culligan unit does not seem to be functioning, so they are very eager to buy. Unfortunately, I've seen them both get taken to the cleaners many times in the past buying important things, and I'm worried they will get roped into spending more money than their budget on this.
From your experience, does this estimate sound reasonable? I've read experience users recommending Fleck systems, and a 40,000 grain unit (Fleck 9100SXT) seems to run ~$1000 without install or plumbing.
Thanks for your time.