Installing a Water Softener can be a great investment, providing numerous benefits such as extending the life of your appliances, reducing energy costs, and improving the quality of your water. However, selecting the right unit and ensuring proper installation can be a daunting task. From determining your water hardness level to evaluating the size and type of system that will best fit your needs. By taking the time to carefully consider these factors, you can make an informed decision and enjoy the benefits of soft, high-quality water in your home.
How Much Does Water Softener Installation Cost?
You’ll be pleased to know that installing a Water Softener is a straight forward task for any skilled plumber, with the average call-out charge ranging from as little as £100 to upwards of £300 for a full home installation. Comparable to installing a washing machine, the job takes approximately 1-3 hours to complete and can be done DIY with a little plumbing experience (and perseverance). Things that affect the installation cost include ease of access to a water supply, the drainage system and availability of space. In many cases a free site survey can be carried out beforehand to assess the job and give an accurate figure – allowing you to compare quotes to ensure you get the best deal.
To avoid any unexpected costs its best to make sure you have everything you need for an effective installation, which includes:
- Water Softener Installation Kit – An installation kit is required to plumb the system into your home, which usually consists of a bypass set and all necessary feed hoses (supply and drain hoses). It is important to check the pipe size of the water feed coming into your property, which is typically 15mm, 22mm or 28mm. All of our installation kits include a water hardness test kit which should be used to program the regeneration of the softener, this improves operational efficiency and reduces water waste.
- Water Softener Salt – Regular salt top ups are required once your system is installed to maintain its ability to soften your water. The system must also be filled to the specified levels before use, with the correct type of salt (ours use tablet salt).
Another thing to note is whether or not you have access to a power supply. Although the majority of our softeners are powered by electricity, we do also offer non-electric versions which are powered by the kinetic energy from your water. For those that are unsure of which option to choose, here’s a brief comparison between the two technologies:
- Electric Water Softeners – These systems use an electronic valve to automatically control the softening process by measuring the volume of water that has passed through it. Their ability to be programmed according to a specific water hardness reading (down to 1ppm) makes them highly efficient for areas with particularly hard water.
- Non Electric Water Softeners – Instead of using electricity these systems use kinetic energy to operate, which leads to minimal running costs. The only drawback is that the complexity of mechanics used means that they are usually more expensive than their electric counterparts, although a great option for those with restricted power access.
It’s worth noting that if you have previously had a Water Softener installed, then the cost of installation should be reduced considerably. This is because the required pipework and bypass should already be in place.
Need Help Choosing A Water Softener?
If you are new to the world of soft water then it’s worth taking a few moments to understand which system might be suitable for you. All of our Domestic Water Softeners detail the number of recommended occupants, product measurements and flow rate which makes it simple for you to choose the right model. For customers with high flow requirements, we also supply commercial grade systems capable of flow rates up to 5,700 litres per hour.
Need Help With A Water Softener Installation?
For customers looking to install one of our Domestic Water Softeners or a commercial grade system, we are able to rely on a nationwide network of trusted engineers, who we are able to put you in touch with prior to purchase. Although we don’t install them ourselves, we’re happy to help! Simply get in touch using the form below, or give us a call on 01622 933 853 for more information.
If you are looking for help with repair, servicing or maintenance work to be carried out on your softener then please see our Water Softener Servicing page for more information.
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