Morton’s System Saver M30 is a 30,000-grain water softener. It eliminates hard water by removing calcium and other hardness minerals by means of ion exchange.
The results that you can expect are more efficient use of soaps and detergents due to better lathering, brighter laundry and clean and spot-free dishes.
On top of that, your home’s plumbing system and appliances will be protected from scaling.
How many hardness grains per gallon can be treated? Up to 95 gpg, so very, very hard water.
Morton softeners are made in the USA, by the way, and work for both city and well water.
In fact, the M30 can even remove up to 7 parts per million of clear-water iron (according to WQA test data), which many homeowners on a private well struggle with. And no, this does not affect ferric, iron bacteria or organic iron compounds.
The provided flow rate is 7 gpm, which is sufficient for households with up to 4 residents.
Minimum required pressure for this unit to operate: 20 psi. Maximum pressure: 125 psi.
In case you wonder what type of salt to use, Morton recommends its own System Saver II Pellets (of course). But any high-grade softening salt in form of pellets should be fine.
The M30 combines demand initiated regeneration with what Morton calls “Look Ahead Technology“. Thus the system uses up to 50% less salt than other units and minimizes the amount of water wasted during regen, while you never run out of softened water.
How is that possible? First of all, your water usage is measured. This allows the system to only regenerate when really necessary.
In addition, the softener studies your usage patterns so that it can predict your future demand and can recharge accordingly.
Other features are:
The space-saving and compact design makes installing the Morton M30 a lot easier – which does not mean that it can be done by everyone.
Some customers that decided to give it a try wished that they had just hired a plumber instead to do the setup for them. Others had no problems whatsoever and praised the “easy to understand instructions“.
In our opinion, if you are handy around the house and have the required tools, there is no reason not to make this your next DIY project.
For more information, check out our setup instructions below:
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.
The following video explains how to install a Morton softener in great detail. It’s not perfect but certainly the best one out there:
There’s not much for you to do in terms of configuration. You have to set the present time, your water hardness level measured in gpg and the time when you want your softener to start regenerating – that’s it.
Then you can choose to activate additional features such as a salt efficiency mode. Pushing the immediate regeneration button will recharge the softener right then and there.
As for system maintenance, remember to refill the brine tank before it’s empty. For cleaning and sanitization, it’s probably best if you refer to the manual.
You can access a manual for Morton softener models M20, M27, M30, M34 and MC30 right here.
What we don’t like?
For one, some customers had issues with leaks.
We also found mixed opinions on the Morton customer service, from awful to A+.
Another drawback are the overpriced replacement parts such as the control board.
And lastly, the installation instructions could do with an upgrade.
The Morton System Saver M30 softens water as it should. It can even handle moderate iron content and is relatively easy to install. But overall quality and customer service seem to be an issue. Thus our verdict: 3.5 stars!
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