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    Default Northstar water softener ?

    I'm going to add a water softener to my house this summer . I got a a price here for a 2 piece softener .Northstar 25000g for $498.00 .
    Is this good price and good eqe. ?
    if not , What eqe. do I need to look for .

    Thank you
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    What is the valve like?
    Any photos of the valve in question?
    What is the water like? hardness, iron and the like.
    How many people in the home?

    From what I know Northstar is just another name of GE, Polarstar and Sears or Kenmore softeners... but I have been known to be wrong.

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    My house is a 1000 sq. ft .. Me and my wife , plus 2 children 13 and 17 girls ,
    here is the web site .
    http://www.northstarconditioning.com...-models-ed.htm
    My water is very hard , No test done .

    Thank you

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    2 teen girls?
    Might as well add to more to that number...

    From the web photo I would say just another name for Eco Water system.......... and looking at the book on it , just another spin on the cheap sears or GE......

    Get the hardness test done...

    If you would like to spend what you are about to spend every 6 years or so.... go for it, or spend some more have a system that will last for 5 times as long.

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    I real dont have to many place to get a water softener from . Two plumbers supply house and lowes.
    Rick

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    You might be able to find some one to have a system drop shipped to you , much like an online dealer would.

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    I went to the other supply house .
    I actually went there first, looking at toilets . They only carried Kohler . I wanted Toto .
    i went back talk to them about water softeners.
    They qouted me a Sterling 30k elec. mtr 2 tank water softener for 621.00
    http://www.buerwelldrilling.com/wp-c.../im_series.pdf
    here is a manual for this unit
    http://sterlingwatertreatment.com/wp...al-1207101.pdf
    Is that any good ?
    Rick
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    Having a challenge in getting to the pages that you have the links to...
    But if the system is that which is on the home page of Sterlingwatertreatment... then that photo looks to be the clack valve and that is a good one..
    Do they offer parts if some thing that you might have to replace?

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    http://sterlingwatertreatment.com/wp...al-1207101.pdf

    This manual does have a break down on all parts . Its ony like 130 dollars more than the northstar .
    Today , i talk to a plumber, He say's " northstar makes all ge , kenmoore an so on lines " . Like you said .
    I think , I'm leaning towards Sterling softener and the othe supply house for my Toto toilets

    thank you
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    If it is the one on the home page, then it looks like the clack valve and that would be a good choice, a better choice than the northstar...........

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    Hello Crazyeyes,

    I have a Starwater system and it has been in operation for 15 years. Whatever you get , It should be a system that re-gens on water use demand.
    that saves salt and media used to soften the water.

    The one you listed 1207101 looks scary to me, too many parts and a PC controller that may glitch if you have any type of electrical Brown out.
    If you do go with a controller like that, I would recommend a Surge protector at the least. (maybe even a UPS in rural Indiana)

    There is nothing wrong with a Star system with the good old time Mechanical Timer, as long as it is on demand Rejuvenate.

    Just my thought.

    DonL

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