Monday, April 29, 2013

What is the Difference Between a Sears Water Softener and No-Salt Softener?

Hello -  I have an old Sears water softener.  It worked fine for years, but my wife is complaining lately that she tastes salt in the water.   I think the salt tank is not working correctly and we want to replace the softener with a new one.  As I recall our hardness is around 10 grains per gallon.  We are on city water in Tulsa Oklahoma.

What is the difference between these old salt water softeners and the new no salt water softeners?  We think we want to try a no-salt conditioner but have questions about well they work.

Robert Woodson

Dear Mr Woodson,

The new no-salt water conditioners such as the Filtersorb Conditioner do not actually remove calcium hardness minerals or soften the water.  However, they do have a powerful effect on the calcium hardness.  After passing through the conditioner, the hardness cannot form scale, and it makes the water seem softer.  Customers have reported to us that they no longer have white spots on shower doors and appliances and fixtures were cleaner and free of white deposits.

Softeners require water for back-washing and use salt water (brine) for regeneration. The increased sodium content of the water is a concern to more and more government regulators. There are also perceived health concerns. 

The Filter Sorb Scale Prevention Unit does not use salt and therefore does not add sodium/chloride to the water. It requires no control heads (a simple in-out valve is all that is required), no water for backwashing and no salt for regeneration. This means you have no cost for service, no cost for water, no cost for regeneration material.

Salt-Free ConditionersFiltersorb System 1054 with 1 inch bypass and pipe connectors.

Maximum flow 15 gallons per minute.
Dimensions: Height 59.5 inch Depth 15.25 inch Width 10.75 inch.
Includes 4.5 liters of Filtersorb SP3 media.

Green Alternative to Conventional Water Softening: The Filtersorb SP3 media acts as a catalyst by accelerating the transformation of the calcium and magnesium minerals into harmless Nano particles.

When the inlet water goes into the water conditioner tank, the Filtersorb SP3 media acts as a catalyst and pulls the hardness minerals of calcium and magnesium out of the solution and then transforms these minerals into inactive Nano crystal particles. Because the hardness minerals have been transformed into Nano particles, these Nanoscopic particles make their way through plumbing systems without attaching to pipes, fixtures, valves, or heating elements. The end result being conditioned water with minerals, not “soft water” but water containing the same mineral content as the source. "