For many, living on a tight budget is a lifestyle; but for many others, it is not a choice at all. When it comes to replacing expensive household appliances, some simply cannot fathom how they could ever afford it. This is understandable considering the average cost of buying and installing a new water softener lingers around $3,000.
If you panic at the thought of your water softener breaking down, you may be asking yourself the same kinds of questions. How could you ever afford to foot the bill for a new water softener with all the other financial responsibilities in your life?
Perhaps these tips could help…
You could be spared from a large bill by opting for a magnetic or ion-exchange manual regeneration water softener. These tend to be the least expensive to install, usually between $100 and $400. As for buying price, you can buy a quality make and model for as low as $500 or $600. This could be one of your cheapest options.
To put back some extra cash to cover your water softener expenses, you can sell your old, broken down water softener to a scrap metal buyer in town. Water softeners are made from metal, and can be dismantled, melted, and repurposed into new metal objects. You can get paid up to $150 for your old water softener. This could be a decent contribution to your overall bill.
It is in your best interest to starting putting back some savings for a new water softener as soon as you suspect your current one of aging or malfunctioning. This way, you are not jilted by the sudden onset of expenses. You can also consider taking out a small loan if your bank permits. You could qualify for a home renovation loan that could include replacing your water softener, as well as, several other home improvements.
Do not buy a used water softener under any circumstances; even if it’s being given to you by a friend or family member. A used water softener is not covered under warranty, nor can you predict what kinds of problems it may pose in the near or far off future. You can save yourself from costly and repetitive repair bills by purchasing a new unit.
Additional Costs to Keep in Mind
It is important to understand that the larger your home, the more expensive the water softener. From there, the number of fixtures and the hardness of your water will also affect the overall price. The bill goes up even further if you do not have the proper plumbing set up. You can expect to pay an additional $100 to $500 or more for a plumber to correct any setup or connection issues.