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Question DetailsAsked on 6/27/2013

water sofner

How much should whole house water sofner cost to rent. With monthly maintenance and self maintenance.

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Depends a lot on what your water characteristics are (you may need a softener only, a filter unit and softener, or a sulfur scrubber, filter unit, and softener), and on the ease of installation (access to power and plumbing and drains, etc).

Also, you can buy a water softener outright ($1000-3000) and either maintain it yourself or pay a water softener company like Culligan to maintain it, or you can sign a lease/service contract with a provider and they will install at reduced or zero cost. Except for mechanically minded home-savvy owners, I would generally recommend the latter, making sure it is a reputable nationwide company and provides a fixed service rate (at least for the first couple of years).

I have seen installation costs for a residence (up to 4 bedroom) from zero upfront (with long-term lease/maintenance agreement) to $1-2000 or so. Typically a few hundred $ if space and power and drain or utility sink are available right next to the incoming water line, else up to $2000 if need to run new water, power, and drain to the unit.

The normal units for hard water only (not iron, sulfides, amoeba, or oil removal) run about $1000-1500 purchase for the unit itself, excluding the really low priced box store units.

Monthly costs can run about $5-30/mo for chemicals/salt/resin (usually toward $8-15 unless very oily or iron containing), $15-40/mo for a monthly service contract, plus about $20-40/month additional if you are leasing rather than own the unit.

Realize prices are not consistent - they tend to be what the market will bear, so in bad water areas they can skyrocket, especially if population growth is way up. I saw a report that residential water softener units in the North Dakota oilfields are going at $4000 installed, plus $80/mo service (in oily and iron-laden water area), because of the rapid growth in that area.

At my mother's house in California I got an entire unit, installed with 5 years prepaid service, cheaper than 1 year of a competitors lease on the identical unit, so you need to check around.

Realize that, as far as I know, the national firms are all franchises, not corporate owned, so even if you use a nationwide name you are getting a local contractor. Therefore, the only real advantage to using the nationwide firms is headquarters might put some pressure on the local franchisee if you are not getting adequate service, to protect the corporate name.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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