The mineral and brine tanks are pretty much the
same as the home improvement systems. Our mineral tanks
are made by Structural and brine tanks by Clack. They
come with their 10 year warranties and are considered
the industry standard in design and materials. The home
improvement stores sometimes do use Structural and Clack
tanks as well but they will also use other tank manufacturers
which do not provide a 10 year warranty. This indicates
a primary difference between the products we carry and
the home improvement stores.
Valves. The control valve is the brain of all
water softener systems. The control valve may only operate
once per week but it's function is crucial to the proper
operation of the water softener system. The control valve
meters your water usage and determines when to regenerate
the resin bed. The design of the control valve is the
main consideration in choosing a water softener system.
rotary disk style control valve is the least expensive
design you can buy. It advances to the proper backwashing
stage through the rotation of a disk with holes in it
that channel water passage. The position of a particular
hole and alignment with a water flow channel determines
the particular stage of regeneration in the water softener
control valve (rinse, brining, rapid rinse, etc.). Rotary
valves by design exert a great deal of force at the axis
of the rotary disk. This leads to excessive wear and premature
failure of the entire control mechanism. There is an excellent
web site you
can visit by clicking here that has messages and examples
posted by current owners of rotary-style water softener
control valves. This is a non-biased site and will explain
the shortcomings of the rotary-style valves better than
we can here.
makes use of the piston style control valves in their
and others. The piston will advance through a chamber
of spacers to determine the stage of regeneration. The
piston and spacer design promotes very long life and durability
because of its short travel length and low friction surfaces.
Activated Valves. Autotrol
designed and manufactures the cam-style control valve.
It works with a series of "flapper valves" whose
positions are determined by lobes in the central cam shaft.
The only friction point in this design is at the lobe
of the cam and the pivot point of the valves.
the Autotrol and Fleck control valves are designed for
longevity and will far out-perform any rotary disk style
Exchange Resin. The
resin bed inside the mineral tank is the element that
does all of the work in a water softener system. The quality
of the resin bed is important in the daily operation of
your softener. Should the resin be of low grade, your
water softener will need to regenerate more often which
will require more salt or potassium
chloride. While we do not know for sure what type
of cation exchange resin comes with the home improvement
brand of water softeners, we do know that our softeners
come with HI-CAP resin manufactured by Nelsen Corp. which
is commonly used for both residential and commercial applications.
not sure what water
softener to shop for? Maybe you are not sure if you
even need one? How do water softeners work and what do
they do for your water? At WaterValue.com we spend every
business day on the phone and through e-mail answering
questions just like these and more. We take every question
seriously and have compiled an extensive list of them
along with straight-forward, easy to understand answers.
A search for answers to your question(s) would not be
complete without visiting our Frequently
Asked Questions page or our Water
Q&A archives where actual customer questions are
thorougly answered. And don't forget to check out our
latest feature: "What
is a water softener and how does it work?"
may also want to visit another site which contains another
Softener Comparison, to help you make a better choice.
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