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I actually just replaced my Pelican Natursoft "water softener" with an more-traditional ion exchange model. I used the natursoft for a little over 4 years, and I can say it worked as advertised. When remodeling a while back we decided to get a tankless water heater. All the documentation indicated that hard water with the tankless heater is a no go. We had to do somehting, but since I'm lazy (didn't want to deal with the salt or plumbing in a drain) and my wife didn't like soft water, the salt-free model looked attractive. I too was somewhat skeptical, but the reviews I found looked good, and I know enough about the science of nucleation (I was a material science major in college) to know that what they said made sense, so I bought one.
One thing needs to be made clear - the natursoft system is NOT a water softener! It contains a media which nucleates some disolved metalic salts out of solution. These crystals, once formed, remain in the water, and still react with oils, detergents, etc. in the same manner as the disolved salts. They also continue to form scale wherever water is allowed to evaporate, such as faucet nozels and shower heads. In fact, it's possible that evaporative scaling was even worse than before we installed the system.
Importantly, however, once in crystaline form, these salts do not stick to pipes, or in my case, heat-exchangers. My tankless heater has a sensor to indicate when it needs to be descaled, and the manual indicates that for my water hardness and hot water use I should have had to descale approximately every 6 months. In four years with the natursoft the descaleing indicator has never gone off. For further evidence, when I installed my new softener a few weeks ago, I had to cut sections from the copper pipe on both the inlet and outlet side of the natursoft. Both sections of pipe were installed at the same time as the natursoft, but while the pipe on the inlet side was green and rough on the inside, the outlet pipe looked and felt like new.
As such, if you want or need a salt-free system for some reason (low-sodium diet for blood pressure, don't like the feel of soft water, can't easily plumb a drain into the softener location, or can't carry heavy bags of salt to the softener), then I can unequivocably recommend the natursoft. If, like my wife and I today, you want soft water, that feels soft on your skin, creates less soap scum, rinses cleaner in the dishwasher, etc., then the natursoft probably isn't for you.
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I called the orginal Kinetico (the only?) in the area, Superior Water. They came out and checked it, and told me it needed to be replaced. There where options for that which ranged from $1400 up to $4000 for a brand new system. They also suggested I get a Chlorine filter to "help save" the resin in the tanks. That would be an additional $900.
I called around, and found that a resin "rebed" which means, removing the old resin and putting in new would be around $250-$300. Why would I pay $900 to save $300 worth of material? Here in Hillsborough County and I'm sure most if not all of surrounding areas fed by "County Water" do not need a $900 Chlorine filter. I talked to others who kept trying to tell me about all of the contaminants in the water (only after I mentioned the Chlorine filter). Yes, there is Ammonia and Chlorine in the water, Hillsborough County uses Chloramines to keep the water clean. It's made of ammonia and chlorine. You can look up the water report from here: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=1338
Our water is pretty safe, If someone keeps pushing some way-cool cleaner on you and keeps touting the "impurities" in the water ask them to point the body count. If it were true, I'm sure
So the last place I called was FWT.
I inquired on his thoughts about a Chlorine filter. He said no, don't need one, unless I really want one. I mentioned what the Superior Water guy said, and he said, no I don't need one there is a carbon filter in it that helps reduce the Chlorine and the resin is Chlorine resistant and agreed wasn't worth the cost to "save the resin". We left it at that, no upsale, no "Well let me show you what's in the water!".
The system was scheduled for the following Monday, the crew that arrived was professional. They had the old system out and the new one in in around 2.5 hours.
I did require an electrician (who was coordinated through FWT) to put in an electrical outlet for the new FWT system. That ran $200 and was separate of the FWT deal.
Overall I would recommend them if you are looking for new or service. I was very pleased with my service and installation. It looks nice too. They actually ran the drain into the homes drain rather than having it run to the street which then runs into the lake behind me. I would certainly give them a call if you are looking for quotes!
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