The GXSF30V is GE’s smallest water softener system with a maximum hardness removal capacity of 95 grains per gallon at a 7.5 gpm service flow rate.
This makes it a great choice for single-person households and families of 2 or 3 living in smaller homes.
FYI: Most homeowners struggle with moderately hard to very hard water with up to 14 hardness grains per gallon. Levels of more than 20 gpg are rare, yet can still be handled by this GE softener.
The exact grain capacity is 30,400, by the way. Minimum/maximum water pressure: 20 psi – 125 psi.
Can the GXSF30V be used if you are on a private well? You bet!
The system can also take care of clear-water iron in concentrations of up to 8 ppm. The ion exchange process won’t have any effect on red-water iron, colloidal iron and iron bacteria however.
Two more notes:
The GE GXSF30V is a demand driven softening system, meaning that while regenerating it will only use as much salt and water as required for a full resin recharge.
This (A) benefits the environment and (B) helps you to save money and lowers your maintenance efforts.
Another feature is the SmartSoft technology. It allows the system to learn your water usage patterns within the first couple of months of use.
The softener will then predict how much salt and water you will be using in future and time regen cycles accordingly, so that you never run out of soft water.
Above that, the GXSF30V is tested and certified against NSF Standard 44 for guaranteed hardness reduction and CSA Standard B483.1 for the inactivation of certain harmful substances (in case you plan to drink the water).
Of course, everything is backed by a one-year warranty (limited) for which covers all parts which fail due to defect in materials or workmanship. Additional warranties are granted for the control head (3 years) and the brine/resin tank (10 years).
Most customers confirm that installing this water softener is an easy job – current record: 45 minutes!
Still, you should be handy around the house and some prior DIY experience wouldn’t harm either.
Looking for step-by-step instructions? Here is what you need to do:
If a softener is not equipped with a bypass valve, we recommend you provide for one for ease of maintenance. Also, make sure to comply with local plumbing codes.
You should begin with finding the most suitable location for your new softening system.
GE recommends to install the GXSF30V in the inside. Damages that occur due to freezing temperatures or direct sunlight will void the warranty.
What’s more, place the system as close as possible to where the main water line enters your home. This way all the water will be softened before getting distributed throughout your home.
And lastly, an electrical outlet as well as a suitable drain have to be nearby.
The following video outlines how to setup a GE softener in even greater detail:
For the initial programming, you have to set the time of day, your water hardness in grains per gallon, the regeneration time and how much salt you’ve added to the brine tank. That’s it!
Optional features such as the salt efficiency setting are not mandatory and can be activated later on.
As far as maintenance goes, check the display every once in a while. It will tell you how much salt is left in the reservoir. A low-salt light and an acoustic alarm serve as reminders.
Get the manual here.
A handful of customers had issues with the GE GXSF30V, including leaks, malfunctioning regeneration, and complete system breakdowns for example due to a broken main control board.
Not all cases were covered by the warranty.
Another minor issue is that some people had difficulties following the installation directions.
The GE GXSF30V 30,400-grain water softener is not the perfect product, but does a great job at providing properly softened water for small to medium-sized homes.
It’s easy to install and the quality is adequate. What makes it really stand out, though, is the competitive price tag. Thus our verdict: 4.5 stars.
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This completes our GE GXSF30V review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!