The GE model GXSH45V is a 45,100-grain water softener with a maximum hardness capacity of 160 grains per gallon.
160 gpg water is considered extremely hard and almost never occurs, so it’s highly unlikely that this softener will not be able to handle your hardness level.
The system’s service flow rate is 9.5 gallons per minute, which is ideal for families with around 4 to 5 people.
Whether you are on a municipal supply or a private well does not matter – at least not from a softening standpoint.
It does make a difference, however, when you have high iron content: The maximum iron removal capacity is 10 parts per million. Ferrous (clear-water) iron, mind you.
Simply add 5 grains to your hardness settings for every 1 ppm of iron.
Ferric (red-water) iron and iron bacteria will not be removed. The same applies to colloidal iron, although the treatment may sometimes improve the situation.
You should also be aware that the GE GXSH45V does not come with a built-in sediment filter.
So if there’s too much sediment in your water, which can be the case for well systems, the softener might get damaged.
Other restrictions are microbiologically unsafe water without adequate disinfection and tap water that contains excessive chlorine above 2 ppm.
Especially the latter may lead to a reduced life of the softening resin, so consider purchasing a POE filter system for chlorine reduction.
Min/max water pressure: 20 psi – 125 psi.
There are a couple of benefits that the GXSH45V water softener provides that we wanted to highlight:
If there is one softener that you will be able to install in a do-it-yourself manner, it’s the GE GXSH45V.
The single-tank design makes the setup a lot easier many customers confirmed. It also saves you quite some space.
If you want to know what to expect, take a look at the following instructions:
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.
This one is key: You need to make sure that you choose a location for your softener where freezing temperatures do not occur. Otherwise, it voids the warranty. Also avoid installing in direct sunlight.
Of course, to soften all the water in your home, you should place the unit as close to the main water inlet as possible and upstream of all plumbing connections.
A nearby drain and an electrical outlet are required.
Like with most other salt-based water softeners, there is not much you have to do in regards to programming before you can use the GE GXSH45V 45,100-grain system.
Simply set the time of day, your water hardness number, preferred recharge starting time and the brine tank salt level. The unit will do the rest.
If you want to learn about all the optional control features, make sure to check out the manual (see below).
For system maintenance, check the salt storage level on a regular basis and refill if need be. You might also have to do some occasional cleaning.
You can download the official manual here.
Nothing out of the ordinary hear. One customer complained about receiving damaged parts.
For another user, the softener died within the second year after installation. The customer service reportedly wasn’t very helpful.
A simple to install, program and operate water softener with great looks and overall good quality & customer feedback. The fact that it uses very little salt and water makes us even more happy. Our verdict: 4.0 stars.
FYI: This softener is available on Amazon but might be priced considerably higher compared to other online retailers.
Get all our reviews of GE water softeners here.
This completes our GE GXSH45V review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!