Whirlpool Water Softeners
Reviews and Reported Discharge Problems

Did you know that Whirlpool water softeners can do more than treat household water?

whirlpool-water-softenersWhirlpool water softners can also help consumers save money on energy bills, protect appliances such as dishwaters and hot water heaters, and make laundry tasks more efficient.

The question many homeowners have is why do you need to treat residential water?

Many people have problems when their source of water contains hardness above normal. This hardness can lead to a variety of issues, including scaling on plumbing lines and certain appliances. Hardness can also cause problems by decreasing the effectiveness of laundry soap, thus requiring more frequent washing or longer washing times.

By removing this hardness and softening water, homeowners can protect their plumbing, appliances, and cut down on laundry work and costs. This is what Whirlpool water treatment products do - keeping the water softened at safe level for both drinking and cleaning needs.

Whirlpool Water Softener Review

Whirlpool has been around for a long time and as such they have developed an impressive and versatile product line of water softeners. They offer models in a variety of sizes and price points, which make selecting the right one for your personal needs much easier.

The following is a condensed summary of the product line that is currently available: (Note: Most consumers will want to select the appropriate unit for their needs based on the number of people who normally reside in the home. While a smaller unit may cost less in the short run, the recharging costs may become expensive if the unit is over-worked on a regular basis).

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Whirlpool WHES20: Suitable for smaller families (1-3 people). This unit has a capacity of about 20,000 grains. The model includes a high-flow valve which allows for a strong, steady stream of water to all outlets that are connected to the unit. The unit can be installed by the homeowner, and comes with an outstanding warranty for parts, tank, and electronics.

Whirlpool WHES30: This model is rated at 30,000 grains, and is suitable for families of 1-4 persons. It comes with everything mentioned above plus a light indicator for low-salt levels. It also comes with an iron removal setting that automatically removes excessive iron when the feature is triggered. Unit can be installed by the homeowner and comes with everything needed to complete the job.

Whirlpool WHES40: 40,000 grain capacity, suitable for families of up to 5-6. Includes everything mentioned above, plus a super-flow valve that allows strong water pressure throughout the home, even when more than one outlet is being used at the same time. Also comes with an indicator on water flow usage.

Whirlpool WHES48: 48,000 grain capacity. This is the top of the line Whirlpool water softener for larger homes and families. It comes with all of the above mentioned features plus a lot more. The unit is operated through an easy-to-use electronic pad that controls and programs the unit. Unit also comes with sediment filter to remove particles up to 70 microns. Unit also reports on water usage per day, average water use per day, salt level, estimated time before recharge is needed and much more.

All of the above softeners come with what Whirlpool calls "Demand Initiated Regeneration". This feature allows the units to recharge salt only when needed. This saves on both salt costs and water costs.

GE vs. Whirlpool Water Softener Comparison

When compared side-by-side these two product lines share many similarities. Both companies offer a variety of sizes to handle any size home, from small to large. Each company has a long history of producing quality products, and each offers an outstanding warranty policy for their products.

One area where the GE vs Whirlpool water softener debate takes a turn is in price. Comparative shopping shows that at certain times of the year, the GE models will be less costly when they go on sale.

At other times, the Whirlpool water softeners will be less expensive. Both product lines are available through major retailers such Sears and Lowe's.

Consumer Reports on Whirlpool Softener Problems

One issue seems to come up often when discussing Whirlpool water softner problems and that has to do with the water that is discharged from the system, usually out into the homeowner's yard.

Some homeowners have reported that this discharge can kill plants and grass. One solution to this issue is to create a rock bed where the discharge exits the home, thus preventing the discharge from getting onto the grass or plants.

Related Article: Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement Instructions

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Updated December 11, 2010