How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace a Water Softener?
Water Softener Installation Costs at a Glance
- Average installation cost: $1,500 (CAD $1,880)
- Installation price range: $500-$6,000 (CAD 630-CAD 7,500)
- Replacement cost: $700-$930 (CAD 880- CAD 1,200)
- Average labor cost: $100-$500 (CAD 125- CAD 630)
- Monthly salt cost: $2-$15 (CAD 2.50 to CAD 19)
Maybe you have white calcium built up on your shower heads and around the drains. Perhaps you find that your skin is itchy and your hair is dry. These may be indicators that you have hard water, which can harm your appliances in the long run.
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It may be time to consider investing in a water softener system. Use this guide to get an idea of how much that will cost.
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Water Softener?
The average cost of installing a new water softener system is $1,500 (CAD 1,880).
Prices for a water softener installation for the average home typically range from $500 to $6,000 (CAD 630 to CAD 7,500). The main factor of what it will cost is the size of the system you purchase. The average price for water softener installation in a larger home is $2,500 to $10,000 (CAD 3,100 to CAD 12,500). If you are handy, you may be able to cut costs by installing it yourself.
A water softener needs to be replenished with sea salt. The monthly cost of softener salt is $2 to $15 (CAD 2.50 to CAD 19).
How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Water Softener?
Most water softeners typically last around 10 to 15 years — provided they're well maintained. When it comes time to replace your unit, you can expect an average cost between $700 and $930 (CAD 880 and CAD 1,200). This cost includes installation. Modern water softener systems may have certain parts tied to the sewer system. Because of this, you may need a permit and a professional who can install these systems to code.
What Are the Labor Costs Involved?
The average cost of installing a water softener is $500 to $6,000 (CAD 630 to CAD 7,500). The labor aspect of this average is $100 to $500 (CAD 125 to CAD 630). The labor cost for installing a water softener depends on a few factors:
- The type and size purchased
- How accessible the installation area is
- If it requires extra piping materials or a drain
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What Size Water Softener Do I Need?
1. Determine the Hardness of the Water
One of the first things you should do to determine if you need to get a water filtration system is test your water hardness. The hardness of your water is based on what minerals are present in it. You can contact your water company, hire a professional lab or purchase a testing kit. The results are measured by grains per gallon (gpg) or milligrams per liter (mgL). The range for hard water is 7 to 11 gpg or 121 to 180 mgL.
2. Determine Your Water Consumption
Next, you need to determine the amount of water your household uses. Most household members use 80 to 100 gallons (300 to 400 liters) of water per day. Multiply your daily average by the number of people in your home. This number is your average daily consumption. For example, if you use 80 gallons (300 liters) per day and have three people in your home, your average daily consumption would be 240 gallons (900 liters).
3. Calculate Grains Removed
Calculate how many grains the system would need to remove weekly. Multiply the gpg of your water by your household daily consumption. If your water has a hardness of 9 gpg, and the daily usage is 240 gallons (900 liters), the number of grains that need to be removed each day is 2,160. Multiply your daily number by 7. This example has a weekly average of 15,120 GR.
4. Determine Water Softener Size
Water softener sizes are typically indicated by grains to be removed weekly. The most common sizes for water softeners start at 24,000 GR and go up to 64,000 GR. When choosing a size, allow for water use fluctuations in different seasons. For the household of 3 that needs 15,120 grains to be removed, a 24,000 GR softener would be suitable.