I am coming off using a Culligan rented, very basic water softener for 1 year, it worked ok but was very basic and took up a lot of floor space. After our lease was up, I did some research and decided on this GE unit. I liked how this GE unit took up less space and had some nice features that monitor usage and predict when the next recharge should be done based on average usage. Our Culligan system ran each week, which I’m sure was wasting a lot of salt and water. Installation of the GE unit was easy but took me a few hours as I was taking my time making sure I got it right. The instructions are a little vague in places but for the most part if you read and re-read you will get it right. For example, one of the previous reviewers was all bent out of shape about adding bleach on top of the salt. If they had read the instructions, it said to put the bleach in the brine well, not on top of the salt pile. The brine well is the long tube inside the salt reservoir with yellow numbers on it and a gray cap on top. Remove the gray cap, and the bleach goes into the brine well tube which will only have water in there as no salt goes into the brine well. One thing the instructions do not say is how much salt to add. I added three 40# bags, which filled it up to about the 4-5 mark on the tube (yellow numbers on the tube). In theory you could fill it up all the way to the top yellow number mark on the tube. You then only need to input the level of salt into the device’s menu as per the instructions. So, my suggestion to those who want to know how much salt to add when its new, add about five 40# bags and input the proper salt level in the menu. Unlike others I did not have a problem with the clips or o-rings, I did however use the entire tube of grease supplied on first installation of the 4 o-rings. I pre-greased the tube the o-rings slip over first (only where the rings sit on the collar), then greased the rings themselves, added some more grease, then slid them on the tubes. They all went in fine and did not leak. I only had a slight bit of weeping around one of my threaded connections on one of the adapters that I installed to neck it down from 1 inch to 3/4 inch. This was a connection where I used some teflon tape and I probably could have used some more. However, after a few days the weeping was gone, and I currently have zero leaks on the system. Be sure to get your water tested prior to install so you will know your hardness (which you need to input into the device). and if you have high levels of sediment/iron (which may require a pre-filter).
Easy to Use, Convenient, Looks Great, Takes Less Space, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design