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Benefits of a Carbon Filter and Water Softener Combo System
If you experience the negative of effects of chlorine and hard water, you are likely not fully enjoying the water in your home. These negative effects might include: foul taste and odor from chlorine, dry, itchy skin when you get out of the shower, spotty dishes and glassware, dingy and stiff laundry, or prematurely broken water heaters and persistent scaling. What if there was a combination home water system to reduce these effects, resulting in better tasting, more refreshing water, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your water? Allow us to introduce the PAC Series: a carbon filter and water softener combination system with a prefilter. This whole home system can transform your water into chug-worthy, worry-free water without the telltale odor and taste of chlorine or effects of hard water. To know what your water hardness level is, Pentair recommends that you test your water using our 16-Point Rapid Water Test. Additional features include:
- Simple, electronic system for easier programming
- Only regenerates when needed, saving salt and water
- Comes with a 5 micron prefilter to reduce sediment and debris from your water
- Singular rotary disc seal means longer product life and less maintenance
- Remote monitoring and low-salt level alert when paired with the Connected Salt Level Sensor and the Pentair Home App
- Maintains settings during power outages
Reduce Chlorine Taste and Odors
Improve Appliance Efficiency
Reduce Scale Buildup
Enjoy Peace of Mind
How it works
5 Micron Prefilter System
The prefilter system reduces debris, sand, silt and sediment in the water supply down to 5 microns (imagine 20 times smaller than a human hair) in size. The prefilter helps protect plumbing and water-using appliances from excess sediment, increasing their effectiveness. With average use, the prefilter will last approximately 6-9 months before needing replacement.
Occurs when water passes through the media tank that is filled with activated carbon media. This reduces chlorine in a chemical reaction that oxidizes the carbon surface. It reduces the chlorine taste and odor from the water, delivering fresh water to the home. The carbon media will need to be cleaned and reactivated on a regular basis through engaging the backwash cycle.
Occurs when water passes through the mineral tank where positively-charged calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged with sodium onto the negatively-charged resin beads. The calcium and magnesium are retained on the media within the resin tank while the remainder of the water with sodium ions flows into the home, resulting in softened water. Eventually, all sodium ions are exchanged with the magnesium and calcium and the resin beads fill with calcium and magnesium and need to be regenerated.
The mineral tank is recharged with sodium from the brine tank solution and displaces calcium and magnesium, which is flushed down the drain during the backwashing phase.
At the end of the regeneration process, this stage is a final removal of the hardness ions and dirt that have accumulated in the mineral tank and flushes to the drain.
The mineral tank is rinsed with fresh water and loads the brine tank so that it is ready for the next softening cycle.
Backwashing cycles are controlled by the electronic meter on the top of the system’s tank. The backwash cycle can be set to a specified number of days or as the electronic head recognizes that a certain amount of water has been used.
Compare Water Softening Solutions
|Carbon Filter & Water Softener Alternative Combo System||Whole House PAC Series|
|Whole home solution
|Ideal for water coming from city (or municipal) water supply
|Ideal for treating well water
|No electricity required to operate||X
|On-demand water regeneration reduces waste water||X
|Multiple sizes available for any size home||X
|Includes a salt-based water softener||X
|Includes a salt-free water softener alternative||X|
|Neutralizes hard water causing ions, leaving in beneficial minerals||X
|Reduces foul taste and odor associated with chlorine||X||X|
|Optional Connectivity to Pentair Home App when paired with the Connected Salt Level Sensor||X|
|Effective on Hard to Moderately Hard Water||X|
|Explore Products||Carbon Filter & Water Softener Alternative Combo System
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Components tested and certified by IAPMO under NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 61 for material safety and NSF/ANSI 372 for lead free compliance only.
Limited Warranty Coverage
Pentair Filter Tanks and Valve Bodies are covered for ten (10) years; Filtration Media is covered for five (5) years on municipal water and one (1) year on well water; and Electrical Components are covered for five (5) years by a limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship for the applicable period after date of purchase.
The following are specifically excluded from the Limited Warranty coverage provided herein
- Defects or problems not reported to Pentair during the applicable warranty period.
- Any products manufactured by other companies that are used in connection with Pentair product.
- Problems resulting from the alteration, modification, misuse, abuse, neglect, improper care, maintenance or negligent use, including but not limited to unprotected outdoor installation of any Pentair product.
Can I install the PAC Series outside?
We recommend this system not be exposed to outdoor elements like direct sunlight or atmospheric precipitation. But if you do install outdoors, we offer an outdoor weather cover accessory that will help protect the valve head from elements. This system can also be installed in a covered, open-air structure like a carport or basement.
Which model is right for me?
The PAC4 is ideal for homes that have 1 to 3 bathrooms and standard daily water usage. The PAC7 is the right choice for homes with 4 to 6 bathrooms and standard daily water usage.
How much maintenance is required?
Little maintenance is needed to keep your water softeners functioning smoothly. Salt does need to be refilled as it is depleted and filters and media should be replaced as indicated in your owner’s manual.
Does this system reduce microorganisms?
No. If you are concerned about microbial contaminants like viruses and bacteria, we recommend installing a Pentair UV Disinfection System.