Water Softener Installation Costs?

You want to know what water softener installation costs? Maybe you have had your water tested and found out that you have very hard water, or you could be doing further research on water softener prices. No matter the reasons, water hardness can cause many problems, and a good water softener will significantly improve your health, and the life of your home appliances. 

Water Softener costs

Water softeners and installation costs vary depending on the size of your home, the number of occupants living in your home, and the amount of hardness in the water. Water softeners are measured by capacity, which is then measured in grains per gallon (GPG). Other things to consider with the cost of the water softener installation is how much the contractor will charge you for labor, and the type of water softener you want to install. 

Homeowners can expect to pay between $2,000 – $4,000+ for a professional install. This price can fluctuate depending on the size and occupants of the home. While cheaper quality water softeners can be purchased at DIY retail stores for as little as $400, the problem with the much less expensive options is that it is of lower quality and needs to be maintained frequently, which won’t last as long as the higher quality systems.

Other Costs

The most common and economical water softener’s use of sodium or water softener installation costs - sure-soft 40lbs salt bagspotassium to remove the calcium and magnesium ions in the water. These 40-pound bags of sodium have an average cost of $5, while 40-pound bags of potassium cost $27 each. As you can see, the 40-pound bags of sodium cost much less, but the more expensive potassium 40-pound bags can be an option if you are aiming for treated water that is salt-free.


Water softeners will have to be maintained monthly with rinsing out the brine tank to clean out the dirt, sediment, and mold that’s left behind from the natural course salt. Doing this will ensure your system doesn’t get clogged up with sediment and keeps the salt dissolving properly. Yearly maintenance should be done to replace the filters on the big blues if you have them installed, and sanitize the water softener using a resin cleaner like  Iron OUT®.

A water softener is a good improvement for your home and can provide many benefits. Have you had a water softener installed recently? Please leave a comment below and let us know about your experience with purchasing and installing a water softener.