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Model # GNSH45E

Internet # 202102762

45,000 Grain Water Softener-DISCONTINUED

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The Home Depot no longer carries this specific product.

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Product Overview

With high-efficiency GE water softeners, dishes are cleaner, while laundry is softer and brighter using less detergent. Showers, sinks and tubs are easier to clean. GE SmartSoft technology ensures there is always plenty of softened water available by "learning" a family's water use patterns. You'll notice the improvements immediately.

  • 45,100 grain super capacity
  • Clothes are softer, cleaner and last longer, towels are 45% whiter using 1/3 less detergent, based on manufacturer's internal testing
  • Dishes are cleaner, with less soap and hard-water spotting. Soft water results in less hard-water scale build-up in water heaters and up to 25% less energy consumption and per research conducted by the water quality research council and water quality association
  • Super high-flow valve suitable for homes with up to 1-1/4 in. plumbing
  • 200-pound salt storage tank

Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.) 
18 
Product Height (in.) 
42 
Product Width (in.) 
19 in 
Tank Length (in.) 
Tank Width (in.) 
40 

Details

Color Family 
Whites 
Iron reduction (ppm) 
10 
Maximum Grain Capacity (grains) 
45100 
Maximum hardness removal (grains per gallon) 
160 
Output betweeen refills (gallons) 
Product Weight (lb.) 
112 lb 
Quantity (cu. ft.) 
1.04 
Regeneration time (min.) 
118 
Returnable 
90-Day 
Salt Storage Capacity (lbs.) 
200 lb 
Service Flow Rate @ 15 psi dropp (gallons per min.) 
9.5 gal (US)/min 
Water required for regeneration (gallons) 

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty 
Parts Warranty: Limited 1-year entire appliance Limited 2-year electronic monitor Limited 10-year cabinet/resin tank Labor Warranty: Limited 1-year entire appliance 

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Can you use potastium instead of salt, is there a advantage ?

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March 9, 2012
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March 13, 2012
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Hello Rick,
Thank you for your inquioy ont eh GE 45,000 Grain Water Softener model # GNSH45E.
Yes, for customers who are on a salt restricted diet, you can use potassium chloride as a substitute for softener salt. However, keep in mind that potassium chloride may be slightly more expensive than salt and the unit will regenerate more often as potassium chloride is not as efficient as salt.
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Hello Rick,
Thank you for your inquioy ont eh GE 45,000 Grain Water Softener model # GNSH45E.
Yes, for customers who are on a salt restricted diet, you can use potassium chloride as a substitute for softener salt. However, keep in mind that potassium chloride may be slightly more expensive than salt and the unit will regenerate more often as potassium chloride is not as efficient as salt.
We would also recommend the consumer set the water hardness 20% higher if using potassium chloride instead of salt. Potassium chloride is not salt. Therefore, people on restricted diets can use potassium chloride in place of salt, also known as "sodium chloride".
Check the salt level a few weeks after you install the softener and once a week after that. Refill it when the brine tank is 1/4 to 1/2 full and never allow it to run out of salt.
I hope this helps.
Donna with GE Read Less
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Hello Rick and thank you for your question.
Water softening systems using sodium chloride (salt) for recharge add sodium to the water. Persons on sodium restricted diets should consider added sodium as part of their overall intake. Potassium chloride can be used as an alternative to sodium chloride in the softener.
Keep in mind that potassium chloride may be slightly more expensive than salt and the Read More
Hello Rick and thank you for your question.
Water softening systems using sodium chloride (salt) for recharge add sodium to the water. Persons on sodium restricted diets should consider added sodium as part of their overall intake. Potassium chloride can be used as an alternative to sodium chloride in the softener.
Keep in mind that potassium chloride may be slightly more expensive than salt and the unit will regenerate more often since potassium chloride is not as efficient as salt. GE recommends that you set the water hardness 20% higher if using potassium chloride instead of salt.
To start: first empty the tank WITHOUT TIPPING IT (this is important – do not tip the tank). You will start over by removing the water and salt (use a wet/dry vac to get everything out of the tank). Use 3-5 gallons of cold clean water with one-half tank of potassium chloride, pull out the bypass, and regenerate overnight. Your water softener should be ready the next morning.
NOTE: GE does not recommend mixing salt and potassium chloride. Please refer to the installation manual for complete details and safety precautions (http://products.geappliances.com/MarketingObjectRetrieval/Dispatcher?RequestType=PDF&Name=49-50180-4.pdf).
Best wishes on your project. Read Less
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Age and Recharging Media

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I have this unit in a townhouse I just bought. It was set up for whole house (inside) use for 2 people and normal appliances. I believe it to be about 9-12 years old. Is there a way to tell its age? I've read the life expectancy is about 10 years. Is it intended that the unit then be thrown away or can the media beds be rebuilt like on other larger softeners? Is there any way to determine if it is still working and/or efficient other than a water hardness test? Thanks in advance
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August 14, 2015
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Hi JimS-this is Sue from GE Appliances. For product details, please contact our GE SmartWater Team at 1-800-952-5039 (option 1) hours - 8-6 EST M-F. Thanks for checking with us!
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NEED PICTURE OF INSIDE OF MODEL HXSF40H

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January 22, 2013
NOT SURE IF SOMEONE JAS TAMMPERED WITH MY SOFTNER
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January 23, 2013
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Hello Judy,
Unfortunately, there is not a picture of the inside of the GE water softeners.
If you feel there is an issue and needs to be evaluated by a service technician, please see the link below for scheduling service.
http://genet.geappliances.com/ServiceNet/Dispatcher?REQUEST=CONSUMERFIRSTREQUEST&JSPID=SCHEDULE
Donna with GE
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How do I choose the right model of water softener?

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April 10, 2012
I followed instructions in a previous answer for sizing the water softener. I calculated 375 gallons used daily times 15 grains per gallon, which calculates to about 5625 when multiplied together. How does that relate to the 30,000-grain capacity or 40,000-grain capacity? Does that just mean that I would need to replace salt more often in a lower capacity model?
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Hello Barbara,
Thank you for your inquiry on the GE water softener.
These figures may be used as a starting point. There is no harm in specifying a higher capacity softener. In the long run, a higher capacity softener may be more convenient.
1. Your water hardness, Grains per Gallon
2. Average gallons per day per person
3. Number of people in household: Multiply the number of people in the house by Read More
Hello Barbara,
Thank you for your inquiry on the GE water softener.
These figures may be used as a starting point. There is no harm in specifying a higher capacity softener. In the long run, a higher capacity softener may be more convenient.
1. Your water hardness, Grains per Gallon
2. Average gallons per day per person
3. Number of people in household: 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 step 2 by step 3
5. Multiply answer in step 4 by answer in step 1. (This gives the hardness that needs to be removed daily.)
6. Multiply the answer in step 5 by 3 to get the size of the softener needed.
This is the minimum capacity estimate for a new water softener
I would recommend to contact your local Home Depot store for further assistance.
Have a good day!
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Upset with product and warranty I bought this softener for my house and placed it in our well house. Worked great for a few months then suddenly the control board went out. Called GE about the warranty because we had it less then a year and they said the warranty was voided when we didn't install directly into our house! Everyone I know installs them in their well house and I have never heard of them having to be installed inside your house. Loved this product while it worked had great soft water. Wished they would make it clear that a well house is considered outside! September 25, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doing what it's supposed to do I have noticed some difference when showering. In the past soap would immediately wash off given the hardness of the water. Now there seems to be an almost residue-type of feeling, where the soap feels a little more silky on the skin. Too early to tell if there's any benefit from washing clothes or dishes, but so far I've been pleased. System is easy to use. Programmed to run overnight, and it's quiet (even though it's located in the basement I ran the system once during the day to understand how it works, and it's quiet). Still playing around with settings to see what's going to work best for family and I, but will figure things out over time. I have been told that this isn't a unit that can compare with higher-end softener systems, but again I think it's serves the purpose. I'm not sure if a lesser grain softener would perform as well, but wanted to make sure that we've got as much of a benefit as we could have possibly had, without going to a higher-end softener. March 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent performance with great results I chose this GE softener based on the features and quality of my other GE appliances. It has delivered what I had expected from a GE appliance. Great clear soft water with minimal attendance. Adequate features and easy to understand and follow. Backed by a great GE service and support team. October 12, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent performance First home water softener we have had, and it does all that can be expected. We have soft water, lots of suds, and easy to remove water drops. August 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easy to install and use. This softener replaces a GE softner that I have used for several years. This new softener has a larger capacity and is much easier to program than my old one. It is working exactly as it should. September 7, 2011
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