Model # GXSF40H

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GE 40,000 Grain Water Softener System
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Discontinued GE

40,000 Grain Water Softener System

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The GE 40,000-Grain Water Softener System features SmartSoft technology that monitors water usage and anticipates future demand so you don't run out of soft water. It has 110 grains per gallon maximum hardness-removal capacity and it also removes 10 PPM of iron. Handy features such as programmable operation, an alarm and indicator lights and a permanent memory offer reliable, hassle-free operation. This system has the capacity and convenience features that make it ideal for families of 4 or more.

  • 7.5 GPM service flow rate at 15 psi drop
  • 200 lb. salt storage capacity and salt-level monitor
  • Adapts to your family's water-use patterns so there's always plenty of softened water
  • 10 PPM iron removal and 110 grains per gallon maximum hardness removal
  • Programmable with a permanent settings memory for worry-free operation
  • Approximately 152-minute regeneration time
  • Alarm included
  • 24-volt system
  • Bypass valve for added flexibility
  • Installation kit and instructions provided

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what size of water softener do I need for a family of four (we frequently have two water uses running simultaneously)

I am considering purchasing the GE 40,000 grain water softener and am concerned about the flow restriction when running two water uses (e.g. two showers).
Asked by: Anonymous
Hello, This is Donna with GE and I will be happy to help you with your question on the GE 40,000-Grain Water Softener System model # GXSF40H. There are several variables to consider for sizing the water softener. There is no harm in specifying a higher capacity softener. In the long run, a higher capacity softener may be more convenient. Please see the formula below for proper sizing of the water softener. 1. Get your water tested or ask for results done on municipal water supply. Call your water provider and ask for the mineral content test results, or have the water tested by a water-testing facility. 2 . Divide the mineral content if given in parts per million (PPM) by 17.1 to get the mineral content in grains per gallon (GPG). For example, a reading of 171.0 PPM divided by 17.1 equals a mineral content of 10.0 GPG. 3. Write down the number of people in the house. Multiply the number of people in the house by 75 to get the average number of gallons used per day by the house. For example, a house with two people in it would use 150 gallons per day (2 x 75 = 150). 4. Multiply the number of gallons used by your house daily by the number of grains per gallon of minerals in the water from the test results. For example, the two-person household needs to remove a total of 1,500 grains daily (150 gallons x 10 GPG = 1,500). I would recommend to contact your local Home Depot store for assistance.
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

If my water test fails due to much iron and ph,will this filter system get my water to pass the test for home sale?

Wanting to buy a house that the water failed,iron and ph to high. We were told that we had to buy a system that cost $3800, by the sounds of things, does the same thing this filter does. Will this filter get the water to pass the test.
Asked by: Anonymous
Hello Big Dee, Thank you for your inquiry on the GE Smartwater Systems. Can you provide a filter model number? Are you referring to a Reverse Osmosis System or a Water Softener. Please contact us again with more details. Donna with GE
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

Is a plumber required to install it to validate the warranty or can I install it?

Asked by: Anonymous
I did it myself. When I registered the item I did not get asked if I had a plumber install it. If you are handy with some basic plumbing skills "go for it"
Answered by: kerndtsr
Date published: 2015-11-04

will this system work with 1 1/2 inch piping using the new PEX plumbing

Asked by: Anonymous
Hello Jenn, Thank you for your inquiry on the GE 40,000 Grain Water Softener System model # GXSF40H. No, our systems are designed to be installed using 3/4 inch to 1 inch pipe. Donna with GE
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

My GE Model # GXSF40H Water Softner is leaking threw discharge lines. It cost me over $575.00 on my water bill before I found the problem.

What should I do to fix leak? Unit is about 6 years old.
Asked by: Anonymous
Hello, This is Donna with GE and I am sorry to hear about this issue with your water softener. Unfortunately this repair is beyond the level of assistance that we can offer over the web. I am not able to help with diagnosis and do-it-yourself repair recommendations. I recommend having it checked by an authorized GE service technician. Please see the use and care manual for information on warranty and service.
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

what Accessories needed for installation?

I am looking for 40000 GE water softener, my house is a new construction with 1" pipes water-loop. So, I believe I need copper-pipe cutter, edge-rimmer, two 1" sharkbites for making connection. Do we need to buy 1" flex pipe separate or they are included in box? Any thing else I am missing? Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi, This is Kim with GE. Thank you for contacting us concerning our GE Water Softener. You do need the cutter, edge-rimmer, and two fittings for making the connection. The 1" flex pipe is not included in the box and will need to be purchased separately. If other question come up, please let us know.
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

Hello, I have a 3000 SQ foot home and well water. Is this the type of softener for well water?

Asked by: Anonymous
Hello BobT, Thank you for your interest in the GE 40,000 Grain Water Softener System Model # GXSF40H. Question 1: There are several variables to consider for sizing the water softener. There is no harm in specifying a higher capacity softener. In the long run, a higher capacity softener may be more convenient. Please see the formula below for proper sizing of the water softener. 1. Get your water tested or ask for results done on municipal water supply. Call your water provider and ask for the mineral content test results, or have the water tested by a water-testing facility. 2. Divide the mineral content if given in parts per million (PPM) by 17.1 to get the mineral content in grains per gallon (GPG). For example, a reading of 171.0 PPM divided by 17.1 equals a mineral content of 10.0 GPG. 3. Write down the number of people in the house. Multiply the number of people in the house by 75 to get the average number of gallons used per day by the house. For example, a house with two people in it would use 150 gallons per day (2 x 75 = 150). 4. Multiply the number of gallons used by your house daily by the number of grains per gallon of minerals in the water from the test results. For example, the two-person household needs to remove a total of 1,500 grains daily (150 gallons x 10 GPG = 1,500). I would recommend to contact your local Home Depot store for assistance. Question 2: Water may contain one or more of four types of iron and any combination of these four types. The four types of iron in the water are the following: ~ Ferrous or clear water iron ~ Ferric or red water iron ~ Bacterial and organically bound iron ~ Colloidal and inorganically bound iron (ferrous or ferric iron). Ferrous (clear water) iron is soluble and dissolves in water. It is usually detected by taking a sample of water in a clear bottle or glass. Initially, the sample is clear but as it stands, it will cloud up and eventually turns yellow or brown as the air oxidizes the iron. This transformation usually occurs in 15 to 30 minutes. A water softener such as GE SmartWaterTM system softeners will remove moderate amounts of this ferrous (clear water) iron. Resin bed cleaners, such as Super Iron Out by Summit Brands, should be used periodically. Refer to the Owner's Manual for additional information. However, ferric (red water) iron and bacterial / organically bound iron are insoluble. You can see this very easily as you draw water from a faucet because it has already oxidized before reaching the home. It appears as a small yellow, orange or reddish cloud of suspended particles. After the water stands for a period of time, the particles settle at the bottom of the container. Generally, these iron particles are removed from the water by a filtration system. However, the removal of these iron particles requires a special filtration system and GE does not have filters that remove this type of iron. Note that chlorination is also recommended for bacterial iron. To treat an Iron problem, other than moderate amounts of "clear water" iron, consult a local water dealer. I hope this helps! Donna with GE
Answered by: GE Answers
Date published: 2015-09-17

Where on your water supply is this installed and does it work with PVC pipes?

Asked by: Anonymous
Hi there tzwak This is George from our How-To Community. This unit works with PVC pipes and it should be installed somewhere along you main water line. The location should be at least 10’ away from your water heater and placed on a dry level surface away from the direct sunlight. George
Answered by: Sushma
Date published: 2015-11-04
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Customer Reviews

40,000 Grain Water Softener System is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First rate water softener Bought this unit about 8 months ago, Wasn't hard to install, and haven't had any problems. Since initial service, it's only used about 40 lbs of salt for a two person household. It's way more efficient than my old water softener that worked on a timer. One caution, and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars, is it does restrict the total water flow. When there's two or more water users in service, you see a big drop off in water pressure. If your household is more than 2 - 3 people, you should get a larger unit that has a higher flow capacity.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Product - Weak Warranty Support The performance of the product (when it is working) is excellent. Unfortunately at 3 months, the the primary valve failed, burning out the motor and control board. The service technician is excellent, even working on Saturdays, but GE corporate support is weak. The product is still down after 7 weeks, with the technician struggling to get proper repair parts from GE. I am normally very happy with GE products, but after this experience, I would not buy a GE product for critical application like a water heater.
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good. I had a Whirlpool softener but during some home renovations, I had to disconnect the pipes and move the unit. During the process some water sprayed onto the electronics and fried the circut board. You live and learn. This GE softener system's electronics board is actually somewhat protected by being encased in a separate compartment. Installation is easy. I have only had this unit for a month but it works and I am happy. The price point is right where is should be in my opinion. It's hard to give something like this rating. It either works or it doesn't. Does anyone ever need to see a list of options for a hammer?
Date published: 2011-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a relief!!! After many years with another brand water softener treating our well water, we finally have the product we always wanted. My water is wonderful and can be used just as it comes from the faucet. The laundry and dishes are cleaner than ever before. Our salt use is minimal compared to what we needed before with the previous unit. We are so satisfied that we recommend it to anyone who needs this product. Ordering online was easy, timely, money-saving, and convenient. Delivery was a matter of very little time and right to the basement. Installation was done within 2 hours. What a great experience! Another GE product that does what it promises. Thank you GE and Home Depot
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well for us This unit has been installed for over a month in our house now and is working great. We realized the change in water hardness immediately in our showers, dishwasher, laundry, etc. A lot of the reviews regarding this product state that after 5 years the product failed and they had to purchase a new one. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and if you want something that is gonna last 10+ years go out and buy a rainsoft system for $8K. If this product last me 2-3yrs and I have to replace it, I would feel like I got my money out of the purchase and would have no problem purchasing another one.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GE 40,000-Grain Water Softener System Despite some reviews I did buy this water softener and did install myself. I did already have a main water line loop put in by the home builder so pipes were already for the system. It was very easy to install and set up. I was concerned about the plastic in & out pipes on the unit but it doesn’t leak at all, and all of the store brand system I seen all were plastic as well. it has been running a week now and everything is going good. I would buy it again.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent I bought this water softner about 4 months ago and it has yet to regenerate. I still have soft water, but i live alone so I do not use much water. I would recommend this particular model over any other models or brand. Easy to install, but the only drawback is the bypass valve is flimzy/cheap.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Water Softener So far this water softener has worked quite well. I had very hard well water and was replacing my hot water heater every year or less. I have only had it a few weeks but I can already tell that it is working since the bathtub has not been turning green like usual and I don't have streaks in my toilet bowl anymore. It was VERY easy to install also. It comes with hardware that fits regular 1" PVC but I have 3/4" CPVC pipes so I had to get an adapter for that which wasn't a big deal. Other than all I needed was a few elbow joints, a few extra feet of cpvc, and some pvc cement and it hooked right up to my cpvc pipes. Programming it was very easy also. The display is very simple and straight forward. My only problem was I did not realize I was going to need a place to drain 30-40 gallons of water every time it recharched. The only place I could install it was about 60ft. from my sump pump so be sure you have a drain nearby or you'll have to go buy a 100 ft. hose like I did to drain it somewhere else. Overall I would recommend this water softener.
Date published: 2011-09-06
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