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⚡⚡⚡Rental of water softner

What would be the approx cost of renting one from Reliance or Enbridge? Between renting and buying, which one is more cost effective?
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healsio wrote: What would be the approx cost of renting one from Reliance or Enbridge? Between renting and buying, which one is more cost effective?
rental: $30 x 12 months x 15 years = $5400 Purchase : $1400
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tew wrote: rental: $30 x 12 months x 15 years = $5400 Purchase : $1400
Is it $30/mth to rent water softener? Seems high. And a water softener is more like 2k+ installed unless you get the cheapest HD or Costco specials which are cheap for a reason
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StatsGuy wrote: Is it $30/mth to rent water softener? Seems high. And a water softener is more like 2k+ installed unless you get the cheapest HD or Costco specials which are cheap for a reason
Water Softeners are not $2k. We have the second hardest water in Ontario and a good one from a plumbing shop runs $800 and you can easily install it yourself with some MAP gas.
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bizzyseller wrote: Buy. Buy. BUY.

If you can't afford to buy upfront... Save. Save. then BUY!
Even taking out a CC loan may be cheaper than rental, assuming you make the same payment schedule.
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StatsGuy wrote: Is it $30/mth to rent water softener? Seems high. And a water softener is more like 2k+ installed unless you get the cheapest HD or Costco specials which are cheap for a reason
I thought it was for a water heater. I didn't know you could rent a water softener. It will still be cheaper to buy than rent over the life time of the softener.
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Jerico wrote: Water Softeners are not $2k. We have the second hardest water in Ontario and a good one from a plumbing shop runs $800 and you can easily install it yourself with some MAP gas.
You're not getting anywhere near a good one for $800

You're getting a generic parts bin big box cheap softener for $800 like licensed under Whirlpool name one with a cheap control valve and plastic parts everywhere
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It is never in your interest to rent anything in your house. Buy. Simple math.
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StatsGuy wrote: You're not getting anywhere near a good one for $800

You're getting a generic parts bin big box cheap softener for $800 like licensed under Whirlpool name one with a cheap control valve and plastic parts everywhere
Mine came from an industrial plumbing supply store with my buddies plumbing discount, $800. I’ve seen the same model for between $1200-1600. I used to have a Culligan that was over $2k and from the user side, there is very little difference. The Culligan held more 1 more bag of salt, thats about it. Grain wise they are the same. The Culligan failed due to o-rings that are no longer available, so paying more doesnt mean it will last longer when they disco parts. Generic o-rings wouldnt work.

I do know the ones you are talking about, and this ain’t it.
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Jerico wrote: Mine came from an industrial plumbing supply store with my buddies plumbing discount, $800. I’ve seen the same model for between $1200-1600.
That is great for you. But how does that apply to the rest of us?

You want to lend us your buddies so we can get a discount? 800$ is not a price we can expect for a quality system.
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Simple arithmetic:

Renting + Enbridge + Reliance = STUPID!
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Gee wrote: That is great for you. But how does that apply to the rest of us?

You want to lend us your buddies so we can get a discount? 800$ is not a price we can expect for a quality system.
Sure. He works in SWO though, so you will have to move here.

Point is, a “good system” isnt $2k. The pool store 500 metres from my house has really good systems starting at $1k which are not the trash you see at box stores or Cdn Tire.
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Bought mine about 5 years ago, 48000 grains, Fleck 5600SXT valve, a good quality system. I paid $842 which I think included the shipping charges for the skid from Ontario to Manitoba, taxes and some extras like two flex extension water cables. I'm sure that the price has gone up a fair bit since then. It works well and I haven't had any problems once installed. Bought from Aquatell.

You can buy from name brand places like Culligan but they will gouge you pretty good on the price, and from companies like that their systems tend to be proprietary which means down the road you have to buy repair parts only from them at prices which will bring tears to your eyes.

As for the big box store stuff from HD and yes, even Costco, that tends to be the one piece all in one cabinets which aren't very good.
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Why the annoying lightning bolts in the title?
For that reason alone, I want to skip this thread.
I can't resist asking the question though.

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