2: Have your water tested.
City Water - If on city water and you
don't know how hard it is then simply call the city
water department and ask them. They sometimes refer
to the water hardness as PPM or Mg/L. If they do then
take that figure and divide it by 17.1 to convert it
to GPG which is what is used on our calculator. Or click
here to see a United
States Water Hardness Map.
Private Well - If on a private well
and you don't know what the hardness and iron content
is then take a sample down to a pool supply company
and have it tested for the hardness and iron.
Step 3 - Pick the water softener unit that is
right for my usage.
to use our water softener sizing calculator.
Step 4 – Now pick
the softener valve that will be best.
Are you in an area where there are a lot of electrical surges or lightning?
If yes, then the econdominder mechanical meter will be better for you than the SXT digital style.
If no, then it is a matter of preference.
Here the difference between the econominder mechanical meter and the SXT digital electric meter style valves.
The Econominder Mechanical Meter will still count your water usage even in the event of a power failure. This meter consists of a dome that is on the back of this valve. Inside this dome is an impeller. Coming off the top of the dome is a cable that runs to the meter assembly that is attached to this controller. When you use water, the impeller turns and that turns the cable, the cable is what turns the meter assembly which is where you have set the amount of gallons you are going to use before regeneration. This meter and valve has been in production since 1979!
The SXT Digital Electronic Meter counts your water usage thru an electric pulse. On the discharge side of the system is a turbine assembly, attached to the assembly is a probe that goes to the SXT control valve. As water runs thru it the turbine assembly sends a single to the SXT controller and reads your water usage.
The Benefits of the SXT Digital Electronic Meter over the Econominder Mechanical Meter:
1) You can go into the master programming mode and
customize the system by having it backwash and rapid
rinse for longer or shorter periods of time, adjust
salt pounds all with a touch of a button.
2) Solid state microprocessor with LED display of time
of day, remaining capacity, regeneration cycle in process.
3) Compact turbine meter assembly.
4) Higher metering capability.
5) NOVRAM valve status and memory backup.
6) Reads your water usage electronically equals less
moving parts than its ancestor the Econominder.
7) Easy to program.
If you are looking for a Smart memory metered system that calibrates itself based on your usage that requires no special tools to work on then pick the SoftPro CS1 EE Water Softener it is noted to be the most durable, reliable and consumer friendly valve on the market and is rated #1 among professional water treatment dealers and consumers.
The SoftPro difference:
1 ) SoftPro is a smart memory valve. It keeps track of your daily usage and will regenerate itself at the designated time chosen by the customer, if it senses that there will not be enough softened water available for the following day.
2 ) Clock has a back up, so when you loose power you will not have to reset the time of day.
3 ) Heavy duty paddle wheel that sends a single to meter as using water eliminating the typical issue of the small turbine wheel sticking on the Fleck 5600 and 2510 SXT models.
4 ) Double backwash ability - great for well water with iron in it.
5 ) No special tools needed to repair if ever needed, Fleck requires special tools to replace the piston, spacer and seals.
6 ) Very few moving parts equals less to go wrong.
7 ) Double backwash ability - great for well water with iron in it.
If the house is less than 2400 square feet and you have no multiple body sprayers in the shower
then either the CS1 EE SoftPro Water Softener, 5600
econdominder mechanical meter or the 5600
SXT digital meter will be the proper choice for
you. If this is the case, please click one of the links
below to make your purchase. Note: if you don't know
what size pipe you have for the hook up to the softener
order it with a 1" bypass valve or 1" hook ups for the SoftPro Softener, you can always
bush it down to meet your pipe size with two fittings
available at any hardware store.
The SoftPro CS1 EE Smart Memory Metered Valve Water Softener
The Fleck 5600
Econominder Metered Valve Water Softener
5600 SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener
If the house is 2400 square feet or larger and
you have no multiple body sprayers in the shower then
either the 2510
econdominder mechanical meter or the 2510
SXT digital meter will be the proper choice for you.
If this is the case, please click one of the links below
to make your purchase. Note: if you don't know what
size pipe you have for the hook up to the softener order
it with a 1" bypass valve, you can always bush
it down to meet your pipe size with two fittings available
at any hardware store.
The Fleck 2510
Econominder Metered On Demand Water Softener
2510 SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener
Regardless of the homes square footage.
If you have multiple body sprayers in the shower then the Fleck 7000SXT 1.25" water softener, will be the proper choice for you. The Fleck 7000SXT valve is a 1.25" valve, although you can bring 1" or 1.25" into it, the flow restrictions are within the valve and the resin tank so the 1.25" Fleck 7000SXT valve is needed to accommodate higher flow rates. IMPORTANT: "even though the calculator may have sized the system to be smaller than a 48,000 grain capacity, you want to order the 48,000 to 80,000 grain capacity with this valve in order to get the proper flow rate to run your multiple shower heads and other appliances at the same time. A Fleck 7000 1.25" 48,000 grain capacity water softener will give you a service flow rate of 18 GPM at a 15 pound pressure drop. Most multiple body sprayers need 15 GPM to operate properly. A 64,000 grain system will give you 20 gpm and an 80,000 grain capacity will give you 24 GPM.
Please click the link below to make your purchase.
The Fleck 7000SXT Digital Metered Valve Water Softener