Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 495
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by AZLorne Up to but not including
The outside of the box states "For plumbing connections up to 1 1/4" dia".
Note that's up to 1 1/4" dia, not including 1 1/4" dia.
The actual connection sizes on the softener are 1" dia, so if you've got 1 1/4" dia lines you're still going to need a couple of reducers.
Nice little play on the English language there.
August 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BK Softens water nicely, defective part needed immediate replacement.
The water softener was relatively easy to install, however; I was replacing an older GE softener so all the plumbing was already in place. When I was ready to plug it in and start it up, I got no power. I checked the wiring and all was good. Multi-meter probing showed no voltage. The power transformer that came with the unit looked and felt like a cell phone charger. This seemed odd to me since the power adapter from the unit I was replacing was a lot larger and heavier (close to 1lb). The power ratings are different from one transformer to the other. Not sure what to think about this...
I called GE support and they asked me if I had plugged it into a power strip (which I did, but also tried bypassing the power strip to no avail). Plugging your water softener into a power strip will break the water softener's power transformer according to the GE support rep. Anyway, I was sent a new one and the replacement was a large and beefy as the old one. This worked perfectly. No issues since.
The water softener is in my crawlspace so I don't hear any noise from it (not even sure how much noise it produces).
I am on a community well and I tested my water hardness from some strips I bought from "the world's largest marketplace". These strips did not measure the lead levels, so I just assumed a little and added it to my water hardness level accordingly. I then set the water softener to that number. No more hardness. It seems to be working as it should. Had it installed for almost 8 weeks now.
The indicator states that I have 0 days of salt left, but it is mistaken. Been saying that for a week or two now. Not sure how useful the salt-monitoring is, but I like how it tells you the average gallons/day used is. That is the extent of the display's usefulness IMO. Now that I'm thinking about it, I wonder how accurate the gallons/day reading is if the other readings are not all that accurate?
My children's sensitive-skin issues have gone down with the softer water. This makes everyone a little happier.
We use a reverse osmosis water filtration system for drinking and do not notice any salty taste. I have not tried to drink from the faucet yet, but the dog doesn't seem to mind. I hope this review helps someone out.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ben GE 40k Water Softner
The online purchase process was easy. Delivery miss a day due to my address being new.
Installation was super easy.
And most important...compare to its cousin (the Kenmore brand) the footprint/rectangular shape of the GE is much slim. I recommend this unit if you have reduced space to install it.
May 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Waste of money - broken in 2 months
Absolute waste of money, purchased this to soften the water in my house. It was not in use more than 6 weeks and I noticed that my water was becoming hard again. Inspect the unit, the display will not turn on and will not function. Had a pro come inspect it (a homedepot affiliate) they told me these units are garbage and last anywhere from 1-2 years.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Softandfluffy Very Efficient, Uses very little salt
Bought this 2 months ago and had it installed by a plumber due to piping issues.
Confirmed the hardness setting with my village water department. It now recharges every 4 days and uses very little salt. Still using the first bag from 60 days ago. Water is consistently soft. Discharge flush water contains very fine tan granules which I assume are rust since our well water has high iron content. Cannot find an explanation anywhere so assume this is normal. Miss the 'Recharge Tonight' setting from my old softner.
July 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NMAV8R Smart Choice
easy to install and started to work immediately. suds have tripled
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Newt44646 Easy install!
The installation instructions were easy to follow and the installation of the softener was equally as easy. Thanks!!
August 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Molisa Good product doing the job it's supposed to do
It's been up and running now for six months and working fine. It's quiet and has made such a difference with reducing unsightly, damaging hard water deposits.
August 17, 2016