If you live with hard water like I do, you’re accustomed to cleaning mineral deposits and iron stains off your sinks, tubs, and showers, and worrying about the buildup of calcium and magnesium deposits in your pipes. To keep hard water scale out of my home, I invested in a water softener—and I chose my hardware with care to avoid water-pressure loss and costly maintenance.
The Fleck 9100 SXT water softener addresses hard-water conditioning needs with an approach that’s easy on the environment and meets the demands of big families like mine, with members who work late shifts and need to take a shower at hours at which many water softeners are empty and recharging.
Depending on the model you choose, the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener offers between 35,000 (Model SS-10) and 88,000 (Model SS-25) grains of capacity, with between 1 and 2.5 cubic feet of 10 percent cross-linked cation exchange resin in each tank. That means the unit can remove as much as 88,000 grains of hardness through its ion exchange process before it needs to regenerate by rinsing the resin with brine to release particles of hardness so they can be flushed down the drain.
The Fleck 9100 SXT water softener’s maximum treatment flow rate varies from 10 gallons per minute for Model SS-10, up to 25 gallons per minute for Model SS-25. The unit holds between 200 and 400 pounds of salt.
The Fleck 9100 SXT water softener offers twin softening tanks. Single-tank softeners regenerate at 2:00 in the morning, leaving you without soft water until their cycles complete. That wouldn’t work in my household, with kids involved in athletics and a physician spouse who often works until late at night.
The 9100 SXT empties one tank completely and only then switches to the other, saving water and salt. It regenerates and fills its brine tank with softened water, keeping its resin cleaner and reducing the buildup of salt that can plug injectors and lead to maintenance issues.
A safety float inside the brine tank prevents the unit from overfilling and spilling, which is a big help if you install the unit in the basement like I did and don’t go down there very often.
The super-premium resin resists chlorine so well, it carries a lifetime warranty, as do the unit’s tanks.
The valve and electronics carry a five-year warranty.
A 48-hour internal capacitor provides power backup in the even of a loss of electricity, so I don’t have to worry about missed cycles if the power if the power goes out.
Among the options you can add to the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener are lead-free brass replacements for the stock corrosion-free ﬁber-reinforced polymer valve body and meter head, an electronic timer, a high-volume flow-distribution system, and auxiliary switches.
The unit can operate in environments that measure between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Fleck 9100 SXT water softener regenerates the contents of its US-made polyglass resin tank using softened water, so the resin stays cleaner than it would if the tank filled with unsoftened water.
The unit’s flow meter keeps track of how much water I’m using, not how long it’s been since the last regeneration cycle, which means it uses less salt and water because it regenerates only when it really needs to.
The LCD display with touch pad controls makes it easy to set up the unit and its functions, including regeneration cycles and overrides.
You can create up to six separate cycle timings, readouts show how much soft water remains available, along with the current time and system diagnostics.
With only two moving parts in the entire water stream, the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener’s simplicity helps promote a long working life, and its generous warranty coverage makes it easier to service if you do need repairs.
If you’re handy with tools and know your way around plumbing, you can install the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener yourself thanks to the unit’s straightforward connections and thorough instructions. I thought about taking a do-it-yourself approach but decided to let a pro take care of it instead. If you’re not comfortable undertaking the installation yourself, Fleck estimates that most plumbers will need less than two hours to do the job, which was true for me.
Because of the unit’s twin tanks and large capacity, I needed a fair amount of space to install my Fleck 9100 SXT water softener. The resin tank measures 9 inches by 48 inches for the 35,000-grain Model SS-10, up to 13 inches by 54 inches for the 88,000-grain Model SS-25. The brine tank measures 18 inches by 35 inches for all models.
The unit’s electrical system requires access to power, unlike models from other manufacturers, although the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener only requires around $3.00 of electricity per year.
If you need on-demand hot water around the clock to serve the needs of large family like mine, or even a small commercial operation, the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener provides a high-flow, high-reliability system that requires water and salt than other types of water softeners or competing units from other manufacturers.
The Fleck 9100 SXT water softener’s ion exchange process pulls hardness out of our water, enabling us to use less soap, detergent, and shampoo, with cleaner dishes and clothes, not to mention a squeaky-clean feeling when I step out of the shower. It hardly reduces the flow of water at all, so I don’t even notice a difference with the unit installed.
With accurate, flexible control of regeneration cycles and a detailed information readout on its control panel, the Fleck 9100 SXT water softener is easy to use. The unit’s lifetime warranty on resin and tanks, and generously lengthy coverage of other components, gives me confidence that my softener will offer many years of trouble-free operation.