Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Water Softener at a Big Box Store

We’re in a golden age of information, so more and more homeowners are tackling improvements and maintenance themselves. All the big box stores offer aisles of equipment and supplies to feed this growing trend, but this doesn’t mean that they are the right place to shop for a water softener. Here are just some of the reasons why you shouldn’t buy a water softener at a big box store. Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Water Softener at a Big Box Store

Lower Quality

While the water treatment systems and devices on display at big box stores may look like what you’d find at an independent water treatment specialist, you tend to get what you pay for. Big box stores sell products at lower prices, and this can only be possible with some quality compromises. The internal components of a water softener need to work properly day after day to ensure that your drinking water is safe and clean. Big box store water softeners tend to be made with lower quality components that can require costly repairs in next to no time.

One Solution is Not Right For All Scenarios

Unfortunately, water issues are not all the same, and this means that you can’t expect one solution to be right for every hard water issue. This means that while that big box store softener may appear great value, it may be a waste of money for you. Companies specializing in water treatment have years of experience installing and servicing water treatment systems. These technicians have the skills and expertise to assess your water supply and determine the treatment option best suited to your specific water quality issues. The technician can also calculate your treatment requirements precisely, so your new water softener is sized to offer you maximum performance and efficiency.

Lack of Service

When you purchase a water softener or other treatment system from a big box store, it is likely that it will be installed by a third party. This means that you may struggle with service issues. If a problem develops, you may find yourself stuck between the retailer and your installer. Reputable specialist companies take pride in offering a full service. The treatment specialist will help you at every stage of the way. From choosing the right system tailored to your specific water quality issues to installation, with support for any maintenance or service needs. If you have any issues or questions, you have the confidence of knowing help is always available.

You’re also likely to find that big box stores will typically offer a one year warranty for any water softener. This means that you may get stuck with hefty repair bills after only a short period of use. Specialist water treatment companies tend to offer more extensive warranties, with additional reassurance for specific components.

If you are considering a water softener or want to explore the water treatment options for your water quality issues, you should speak to a water treatment specialist. A fully WQA certified technician can assess your water for contaminant levels and guide you through the treatment systems and devices best suited to your specific requirements.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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