This is a product which is obviously of the highest quality as it features one of the most trusted digital valve meters. The Fleck 5600sxt is top-notch technology giving you great results really quickly. This type of construction ensures softer water which is beneficial not only to your drinking habits but to your hygiene as well.
The two tanks of the set are both American made. The iron one has a diameter of 10 inches which is pretty standard sizing for such a unit. The other one is a 36-inch Brine tank. The good news is that both come with a warranty of 10 years.
Under the hood you have resin. This is the main substance that softens your water. With the ABCwaters Fleck 5600sxt Water Softener, you get 10% more cross-link resin. This means that it will hold up better and longer against chlorine. And by that we mean 2-3 years longer than your typical 8% resin softeners. The amount is 1.5 cubic feet of resin – its’ heavy to lift.
What Does It Remove?
This is not a water filter so bear in mind that it will not get rid of chlorine in your water. Its main goal is to soften your water and this means that Magnesium and Calcium sulfate will be removed. These two substances are what make water “hard”.
Iron is also not removed. It is a misconception that it is what hardens your water. This is not true as iron can be found in any municipal water supply or a well. Some other water softeners which are available might be able to do that, though.
The Contents Of The Set
The install kit is a rather thorough one and this is a great advantage of this particular product. Not only that you will find all the nuts and bolts but there are also extra accessories. Some of them include a hardness test strip, a tube of silicone lube, and a sanitizer packet. The 4 ft. 3/8-inch brine line is also part of the box that you will get.
Let’s also not forget about the presence of the crucial bypass valve – yep, it comes with the unit. Along with all that, you get a water softener installation guide which is simple to follow. On the downside, the 2 drain lines that you need to run the softener are not included. They have to be bought separately but every hardware store has them.
What To Expect
This thing is more expensive than your local store brands but you definitely get superior quality here. Don’t be surprised if the water is a little bit cloudy initially. In fact, this might continue over a period of a few hours. The resin might need some time to do its magic.
One big upside is that the sophisticated system will count down the gallons used with some reserve. This will allow you to always have some soft water without the threat of having the tank depleted. This very system also automatically regenerates once you hit 0 gallons remaining or after 14 days have passed.
And let’s not underestimate the level of customer support of the supplier. You will be happy to find out that you can call during convenient hours in order to seek some free help regarding the installation, operation, and maintenance of your water softener.
- The Fleck technology – this is why you pay the big buck. You get a high-end system which will not only soften your water but will also tell you about it.
- The install kit is rich – very few things missing from the set when you buy it
- Features a bypass valve – no need to think about purchasing that one
- Significantly softens water – Calcium sulfate and Magnesium begone!
- Countdown on the gallons used and remaining
- 10% more cross-link resin
- Good customer care
- Expensive – get ready to pay in order to get all of the above
- The 2 drain lines need to be purchased separately
- Won’t remove iron
- Water will be cloudy for an extended period of time after installation