The hard water solution is only installing a water softener, but so many people are confused which system is best for their home and how much will it cost.
There are so many factors that affect water softener final cost. This includes:
Type of softener used
There are different types of softener and each type cost differently.
An ion exchange water softener is also known as a conventional water softener. This type has been there in days and used salt to soften your water. They cost $500 to more than $1500 in an average sized home. The cost is only for the machine itself, but there are other costs of ion exchange water softener which includes maintenance, installation, and repair we have discussed below. For larger home can go as high as $10,000
Salt-free water conditioner ranges from $1200 to $3000 while electric water conditioner cost as little as $100 and more than $1,000.
The cost of the system can be scary, keep in mind the saving you will have for a lifetime, and the water softener lifespan is about 15 years to 20.
Water softener size
The size of the water softener you need to treat your water depends on the level of hardness and number of people using the water.
If your water supply is very hard, you need a good system that will solve the problem which sometimes can be costly. You can use the water hardness test kit to know your water hardness level, or if you are using piped water, you can ask the water department to provide with detailed information.
How much water you use can affect the cost of your unit. The more the number of people in your family the more gallon of water needs to be softened the higher the price of your system.
The water softener prices depend on a gallon per grain the more the gallon, the higher the price.
Most sizes are from 24,000 grains up to 80,000 grains as you go up the price increases.
Water supply hardness
If your water supply is very hard, it requires a more effective system to treat your water so the harder the water, the more costly the system you need.
Installation cost for the water softener
Most people hire professional to install a system in their house due to some plumbing issues such as soldering, cutting and joining steel pipe. The cost can be between $800- $3000 this depends on the size of the house.
If your home is well plumbed the cost is less but if the older house with poor plumbed the cost can be high
Also, some brands include the cost of installation in combination with the value of the system.
The installation cost also depends on the type of the system you have chosen. An ion exchanger water softener is more complicated to install, so it cost more than electronic conditioner and salt-free water softener.
When it comes to installation cost, some materials may be needed to fix the system.
Some of the water softeners come with additional features such as an iron filter or sediment filter. Some of these extra features might be beneficial or unnecessary for you, therefore, affecting the price of water. The softener with more advanced technology and additional features cost more than the essential water softener.
After sale service
Except for initial purchase costs for the system/machine, some company has additional charges for delivery of the system, initial set-up, maintenance cost, and repairs. Ask all those extra costs before you purchase.
Like any other home appliance, water softener requires regular maintenance. It’s not a set and forget gadget. Salt-based water softener or ion exchangers need to be added salt regularly you can choose from hiring company to do that or do it yourself.
You can decide to use a water softener that does not use salt or resin, but salt-free water softener requires replacement of the cartridge.
Type of water softener salt
There are two types of water softener salt potassium and sodium. Sodium is the most commonly available, and the price is less high compared to potassium it costs $5 for a 40-pound bag. Potassium is not easy to find, and it costs $27 for a 40-pound bag.
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