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5 Key Questions To Ask Before Buying A Water Softener

5

Key Questions To
Ask Before Buying
A Water Softener

Find out the top 5 questions and answers you need to know before you purchase a
water softener. Learn how to recognize signs of hard water at home, how water
softeners work, and which water softener is best for your home.

What Is Hard Water?

Before

Before

After

After

Hard water is formed when water
minerals such as calcium and
magnesium build up during the
water cycle.

While hard water is safe to use
for drinking and washing,
here's 4 benefits of soft water:

  1. Longer lasting dishwashers, laundry
    machines, and other appliances
    that use water
  2. More efficient water heating, which results in more energy savings
  3. Softer hair, skin and clothes
    after washing
  4. Less hard water spots on glassware
    and dishes

How Do Water Softeners Work?

Diagram

1. Hard water flows through a main water
pipe or well and reaches the water
softener.

2. Inside the resin tank, resin beads attract
and exchange hard water minerals with
sodium.

3. Softened water leaves the tank and
distributed throughout plumbing in your
home.

4. After time passes, the "regeneration"
cycle begins, which requires salt
(i.e. more sodium) to be added to the
water softener.

Resin beads are rinsed of hard water
minerals in the brine solution, which are
flushed into a nearby drain. Resin beads
are renewed and continue water softening
process efficiently and effectively.

Diagram

How Do I Choose The Right
Water Softener For My Home?

Kicten Sink

Compare between
3 different Whirlpool
Water Softener models
that meet your needs at
home. All water softeners
have touch screen
interfaces for easy
operation.

Household Size:

Larger households will use more gallons of water per day on average

1 - 5

1 - 5+

1 - 6+

Grain Capacity:

With higher water use,
more grains of hard water
minerals are removed
before regenerating

33,000

Best for 200-400 gallons per day

44,000

Best for 200-400 gallons per day

48,000

Best for more than 400 gallons per day

Valve

Large valves help to
control higher flow rates

High Flow

Ultra High Flow

Ultra High Flow

6th Sense® Technology

Automatically calculate the
salt required to clean the
media bed and use only
what is necessary, saving
salt and water

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sediment Filter

Reduce sediment and
remove contaminants
found in harder water

-

-

Yes

LED Tank Light

No

Yes

Yes

Regeneration Type

Demand regeneration
monitors water usage and
recharges only when
necessary, saving salt and
water

Demand

Demand

Demand

Salt Capacity (lbs)

175

200

200

Warranty

1 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

1 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

2 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

Low Salt Light

Indicator provides easy maintenance

Yes

Yes

Yes

MAX Hardness
Removal (gpg)

105

140

160

Iron Removal (ppm)

9

12

12

Whirlpool WHES33 Water Softener

Whirlpool
WHES33 Water Softener

Buy Now

HOUSEHOLD SIZE:


Larger households will use more gallons of water per day on average

1 - 5

GRAIN CAPACITY:


With higher water use, more grains of hard water minerals are removed before regenerating

33,000

Best for 200-400 gallons per day

VALVE

Large valves help to control higher flow rates

High Flow

6TH Sense® Technology


Automatically calculate the salt required to clean the media bed and use only what is necessary, saving salt and water

Yes

SEDIMENT FILTER


Reduce sediment and remove contaminants found in harder water

-

LED Tank Light

No

REGENERATION TYPE


Demand regeneration monitors water usage and recharges only when necessary, saving salt and water

Demand

Salt Capacity (lbs)

175

Warranty

1 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

LOW SALT LIGHT


Indicator provides easy maintenance

Yes

MAX Hardness Removal (gpg)

105

Iron Removal (ppm)

9

Whirlpool WHES44 Water Softener

Whirlpool
WHES44 Water Softener

Buy Now

HOUSEHOLD SIZE:


Larger households will use more gallons of water per day on average

1 - 5+

GRAIN CAPACITY:


With higher water use, more grains of hard water minerals are removed before regenerating

44,000

Best for 200-400 gallons per day

VALVE

Large valves help to control higher flow rates

Ultra High Flow

6TH Sense® Technology


Automatically calculate the salt required to clean the media bed and use only what is necessary, saving salt and water

Yes

SEDIMENT FILTER


Reduce sediment and remove contaminants found in harder water

-

LED Tank Light

Yes

REGENERATION TYPE


Demand regeneration monitors water usage and recharges only when necessary, saving salt and water

Demand

Salt Capacity (lbs)

200

Warranty

1 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

LOW SALT LIGHT


Indicator provides easy maintenance

Yes

MAX Hardness Removal (gpg)

140

Iron Removal (ppm)

12

Whirlpool WHES48 Water Softener

Whirlpool
WHES48 Water Softener

Buy Now

HOUSEHOLD SIZE:


Larger households will use more gallons of water per day on average

1 - 6+

GRAIN CAPACITY:


With higher water use, more grains of hard water minerals are removed before regenerating

48,000

Best for more than 400 gallons per day

VALVE

Large valves help to control higher flow rates

Ultra High Flow

6TH Sense® Technology


Automatically calculate the salt required to clean the media bed and use only what is necessary, saving salt and water

Yes

SEDIMENT FILTER


Reduce sediment and remove contaminants found in harder water

Yes

LED Tank Light

Yes

REGENERATION TYPE


Demand regeneration monitors water usage and recharges only when necessary, saving salt and water

Demand

Salt Capacity (lbs)

200

Warranty

2 year parts
3 year electric
10 year tank

LOW SALT LIGHT


Indicator provides easy maintenance

Yes

MAX Hardness Removal (gpg)

160

Iron Removal (ppm)

12

Are Water Softeners
Environmentally Friendly?

Laundry Room

In 2013, the Water Quality Research Foundation* found that septic tanks performed better with "efficiently operated water softeners." Ensuring a properly functioning septic tank is vital to avoid accidentally contaminating groundwater with poorly treated waste water.

All Whirlpool water softeners are energy efficient and contribute to a better environment by utilizing demand-initiated regeneration with salt-saving technology, so the system only recharges when necessary, saving salt and water.

*Water Softener Effects on Septic System Performance, Water Quality Research Foundation (2013)

How Do I Maintain
My Water Softener?

Whirlpool WHES44 Water Softener

Use Whirlpool Water Softener Cleanser to keep your softener running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The cleanser keeps your softener free of contaminants, iron and hard water build-up.

Buy 3 Whirlpool Water Softener Cleaners in one transaction or within one year of purchasing a
Whirlpool Water Softener and extend your warrenty by one additional year. Simply retain your receipt.

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