Whole house water filter questions...
[quote=epeterson777;150828]My water has a lot of mineral deposits in it. It is ruining all of our dishes and it is a real pain to have to clean sinks, shower, etc. every time you use them.
I know that Home Depot will do a free water anaylsis, at least they do here in Ohio. They have a display at the store, get a bottle and fill with water for the sample, drop it off and they let you know the results. Yes they want to sell you their brand but you can decline and look for prices elsewhere if you want. I don't know of any reputable company that won't test for free. Be ready for some pressure salesmen though.
Once you know for certain what you need to filter out they will recommend the correct system as well as address any installation questions.
Personally, I'd run an elbow to horizonal, install the filter assembly and then return back up and over to reconnect to the supply line. You'll thank yourself later. I can't give you the definative answer but I have always run the filter before the softener. Just made more sence to me. Either way the first "system" will trap the most minerals. It is less expensive to change the filter, again, in my experience given the stuff that's in the water in my area. Not the RULE, just depends on your local.
So there's my 2¢