Water Softener Help
Our water softener finally went out and I could really use some additional guidance before the new purchase. Budget is very tight so I want to be informed enough that I can make a purchase with confidence whether I chose to go through a local water professional or purchase a system on my own. I thought I was doing well with my research but I am confused when it comes to flow rate and calculations. I believe I need 2.5 cu ft. but the automatic calculators seem to vary in what is recommended, so I am hoping someone can assist me in confirming which size system would best suit our needs and the settings that should be used once installed. Father is a plumber and would be able to order and install a unit for us once we decide on one. Without specific expertise in this area, he is suggesting a 76.000 grain capacity. Meanwhile, I received my first (out of two) estimate from a local water company who upon glancing at our existing setup decided that it would be best for us to replace the valve only ($550) in our current unit which I am told is a 24,000 3/4 cu ft. autotrol. In addition to the replacement valve we would need to add tannin ($100) for the brownish orange film we have always dealt with. We have owned the current system since building our home in feb 2002 and it was a preowned system (2-3yrs) before us. I was also told that once the current unit is up and running it would be set to regenerate every other day. If I am understanding the information I have gathered from the posts so far, this does not sound like the best recommendation for our needs. As for a new system, they offered the Fleck 5600 or the Kinetico 2060s. Weather permitting, we are expecting our second estimate this afternoon from company number two.
Also, with the working softener drinking water has always been great in our opinion (prefer it over most bottled) with no odd taste, odor, or color that I can detect. We have used the Morton System Saver salt exclusively in the tank and there is an attached sand filter on the line. I am trying to grasp the usage of NaCl or KCl and do not understand the differences in using one over the other... should I be concerning myself with this or leave well enough alone? I am interested in the basic information needed to make an informed decision so it would be great if someone is willing to put this as simply as possible.
Our situation is this...
Our beverage consumption is mostly water obtained through the filtered refrigerator door dispenser.
We may do a weekly car washing from the softened hose bib.
2100 sq ft single story living
2 adults 2 teenagers
3 people home at all times during the day.
front load washing machine
2 full baths
22 gpg hardness
slight yellowish tinge to water taken at pump.
Please help :)