Should I Buy a Used Water Softener?

In most cases, water softener systems are expensive items to purchase, and as a result, many property owners may consider the idea of purchasing these appliances used. However, there are a few reasons why this may not be a good idea – even if they do come from a so-called ‘reliable source.’

No Warranty Will Be Supplied
Regardless of how good a price you can purchase a used water softener system for, you will not get any form of warranty with it – unlike when you purchase these appliances new. This means that in the event of the softener system malfunctioning, you will be faced with two options – to either purchase another system or to try and have the used one repaired. In many cases, neither of these options end up being financially viable because you will normally end up spending a lot more in the long term than if you had just purchased a new system to being with.


Replacement Parts May Not be Available
If you are considering the purchase of a used water softening system that is more than a few years old, you may find that replacement parts are not available when it decides to malfunction or break down for any reason. Once again, this will result in you having to purchase another (used or preferably new) water softening system. Before considering the purchase of a used system, it is essential to do sufficient research to determine whether the system is too old or not.

Not as Efficient as Newer Models
Many people will try to sell their existing water softener systems because newer models have been released that are far more efficient and cost-effective to use. Older models may also require a lot more maintenance to keep them operating as they should, which will also be far more time-consuming. Instead of purchasing used, rather keep a watch for promotions or special offers on newer, more efficient models.


Water softeners may seem expensive to purchase new, but they will provide you with many years’ use if they are properly cared for along the way. In most cases, newer models will also be a lot cheaper to maintain.