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Question DetailsAsked on 4/16/2015

which water softner should you use if you have tankless water heaters and live in an area with hard water?

Building in the Texas hill country and have no experience with water softner systems.

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I have used a few of the different types of water softener and conditioners on the market. I like the overall performance of water softeners at conditioning the water better than conditioners, but I do say that I had a good water conditioner that I purchased about 5 years ago. The only reason I changed is because my wife has extremely sensitive skin and the water here in Houston is like drinking liquid rocks. Here is what I have used over the years:

1) (twice at different homes) Local Water Softener system with Fleck valves, brine tank, electronic controller and 1 resin tank. It did well for the 7 years that I had it but it did take some maintenance because the water being so hard did cause valve issues that required a replacement. Over all I liked it and did not pay an "arm and a leg" for it and the local co. that sold it to me had outstanding service. Move to another home after 7 years.

2). Current home - Started off using a product by "" model " Scalewatcher® Weatherproof Heavy Duty (WPHD) " I saw immediate results and suddenly the issues that we had originally with really hard water seemed to disappear. The itchy, dry feeling and skin rashes were gone within 2 days of the installation. I used it for 5 years and the only reason that I did not continue with it was that my wife really wanted a system that totally removed the minerals. The system had no maintenance and no water pressure drop since it works on a magnetic principle. The scale build up everywhere started to disappear and the showers were much easier to maintain. The only issue that I have is that if the water is left standing for more than 2-3 days, the minerals will come back out in solution. Since we turned over our water heater volume in days time, it was not seen to be a problem. I still like it and for those that don’t want a slippery feel in their water, this unit works well.

3). I researched all the units out on the market and found one that really caught my eye. It is a water softener but it had few moving parts, no electronics (good thing overall), could be placed anywhere outside (can go just easily inside if you wanted also) without worry of the elements destroying it and it uses soft water to regenerate (hence uses less salt) and it has virtually an unlimited supply of softwater. It is made by kinetico. I have had it for over a year now and it is hands down the best unit I have ever used and it hardly uses up much salt. If you research yourself on this, you will see how superior the engineering is on this model over the other softeners on the market. It is more costly (double I think, but could not remember), but is really a very trouble free unit.

Anyway, just my thoughts, and good luck in your decision.

Source: Arnold Martin

Answered 4 years ago by arnoldmm62

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