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Installing a reverse osmosis system might seem a little daunting, but it might be worth a try if you don’t want to fork out for a plumber.
Depending on your type of system, some installations will be easier than others, but the only one we would define as hard would be a whole house reverse osmosis system. Countertop and under sink models are not too complex to do at home.
Let’s find out more!
Is it hard to install a reverse osmosis system?
The answer to this question depends on the reverse osmosis system you purchase. For example, a whole house reverse osmosis system is not easy to install, but for the more common under sink models, it is not too hard at all if you can follow some instructions and have the right tools. Countertop models are the easiest and are often installation free, or simply hook right up to the kitchen faucet in 5 minutes.
Under sink models require a few more steps but are doable yourself at home too. The most challenging part of installing these is making a few extra connections and drilling into your sink/countertop and drain pipe.
Whole house reverse osmosis systems are the most difficult, and it is best only to attempt it yourself if you have some plumbing knowledge and are a pretty handy DIY person already, otherwise, call a plumber or RO installation specialist if it seems too complicated.
If you don’t feel up for installing a reverse osmosis system yourself, that’s okay. Most trained plumbers will be able to tackle the under sink systems and probably the whole house systems too.
It is best to work with a plumber who has experience with your type of RO system, so be sure to ask when you call around for quotes or even speak to the retailer where you purchased the system from to see if they have any trusted installation specialists.
The cost will depend on the type of system you are installing, usually $150-400 for a standard under sink system and usually well over $500 for a whole house system.
Again, this depends on the type of system you are installing. Countertop systems need to be on the countertop. Under sink systems can be under the sink, or some choose to install them in a basement or utility room and run a water line to the kitchen. This would probably require the addition of a delivery pump.
Whole house systems need to be set up near the main water line, usually in a utility room, garage, or basement.
Any system must be installed on the cold water line and not exposed to freezing temperatures.
Most of these reverse osmosis systems go under the kitchen sink, as the tank needs to be close to the RO faucet to push water through. Ensure that you measure the space under the sink to know there will be room for the system, the tank, and any mounting, and also that there is enough room for you to maneuver around it to change filters and perform other maintenance tasks.
If there is not going to be enough space, then look at installing it in a nearby utility closet or basement.
Countertop units require little to no installation. Simply place it on your counter where there is access to the sink, then connect and secure it. It should take around 5 minutes.
These are the most complicated RO systems to install, and unless you are quite an experienced DIY plumber, you may want to enlist the help of a professional. The installation often involves cutting your main water lines, and it isn’t something you want to mess with, as mistakes can be costly.
Whole house reverse osmosis systems are sometimes outside as they are large, but it is important not to have them where they are too exposed to the weather and elements. A garage or basement is a good idea.
If you are installing an under sink reverse osmosis system, it can be done in a few steps.
You will need (at a minimum) the following:
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