All that is required is to know how hard your water is in grains per gallon, the time of day, an 120Vac electrical outlet, and keep salt in it. The softener does the rest. only two moving parts, a rotary valve to direct water flow and a turbine to count water usage. what could be simpler.
I am very disappointed with the reliability of Kenmore Water Softeners.The timer assembly/electronic controls failed and had to replaced three times under the extended warranty (less than 1 year after the purchase, again i year later, and 7 months later again) and now it has failed again and is no longer under warranty. I had purchased the 5 year extended warranty and did not have to pay for the first 3 repairs, but now it has failed again and repairs would cost about as much as purchasing a new unit. With so many failures of the same part, I believe there must be some type of design flaw.
I don't much about a water softener but my water is less cloudy and with the water filtration on my fridge my water is a delight. The concept and shape of a water softener is different but it works great. I choose this model because my mother-in-law has the same one.
We had the first one for many, many years. It didn't even have shelter and just kept on going. When it finally completely quit we missed that everything is easier to clean. Also were aware that in this old house it was easier on the plumbing to soften the water. The toilets used to clean up so easy but had to use pumice stone. Glad to have another, sorry we waited so long.
When our Kenmore water softener died we purchased this Kenmore to replace the other. We are very pleased with this model. Our other one did not have a light in the tank and this being in a dark garage is very helpful to have. This softener works very well and we are very pleased with the softness of our water. If and when it no longer works we will again purchase a Kenmore water softener.
I love this water softener. It shows me when the salt is low and readout is easy. Its all one unit and easy to program. I have hard water and the salt level in tank does not disappear as did my former (not a Kenmore) softener.
Clear information, quiet, seems efficient
This water softener is easy to install, easy to program, and works great. No need for the expensive big name units. This meets the need.
dose not regenerate by itself. I have to regenerate manually every time. I wished I had rebuilt my old unit. It was not a sears and it work great for 20 years. I got this one on sale but it was one of there best but it is just junk to me. I am single and away most of summer so I did not realized this was not functioning until this winter and now it is too late to get fixed under warranty, it is now 14 months old also on my old unit it had a separate tub for salt and you never had to worry about bridging salt in the tank. Every time I regenerate I have to break up the salt. I use Morton's salt pellets which always work great for me but not in this unit. I am going to try and program it for once a month generation but I will have to change it manually every spring and fall.
This is a replacement for the last Kenmore that lasted over seven years without a problem...so pleased!