Author Topic: Got a free water softener  (Read 965 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Got a free water softener
« on: June 08, 2016, 11:10:57 AM »
I had contacted a big company locally to come out and test my water and provide a quote for a water softener system, we have really hard water in my city. The quote was $2000 for an installed system with a 5 year warranty. Then, I noticed my neighbors, who are ready to sell their house had the same system. They mentioned they might sell their water softener, but we could not come to a reasonable deal. Finally, a co-worker mentioned he had an old unit in his garage that was working fine when he had it replaced by a fancy new unit 2 years ago. He offered his old one to me for free, just come pick it up after work. So now I am just looking at ~$30 bucks in hoses and fittings to install. Yay.


  • Pencil Stache
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Re: Got a free water softener
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 09:18:10 AM »
Let me know if you need any help with it.  I moved into a house in the country that had an old run down water softener that wasn't working.  Once I moved in I had a crash course in water conditioning as I found the well had iron bacteria and it was mucking everything up.  I got a couple systems quoted but upwards of $4000 - $6000 wasn't my cup of tea.  I ended up picking up a used chlorine injection system off craigslist with a Kenetico water softener for $700. Tried to get parts for it and they don't allow DIY.  Ended up building a softener from ordered parts with a nice metering Fleck head.  The old broke down softener had a Fleck head also.  I rebuilt it and turned it into a back washing carbon filter.  Now I got a nice home water treatment system that removes iron bacteria, removes any excess chlorine and softens for about $1500.  I think I can sell the Kenetico once I clean it up for $500 on craigslist.

Good score on the free unit.  If it has a Fleck head they are ridiculously simple and parts are easy to come by.   I think the rebuild seals are $56.  I threw one away in my old house and installed a new sears unit before I realized how easy they are to work on.  The water conditioning industry has some high mark ups on equipment.