Pelican PC600 Whole House Carbon Water Filter System Review

    Pelican PC600

    Pelican PC600 Whole House Filter System

    •    Price: $$$$
    •    Flow Rate: 8 gpm
    •    Filt. Capacity: 660k gal
    •    NSF Cert.: 42, 61
    •    Warranty: Lifetime

    The PC600 by Pelican is a whole house filter unit designed for the treatment of city water with excess chlorine and other chemical contaminants.

    It provides great-tasting water at every tap in your home and lets you enjoy cleaner showers for softer hair and skin as well as improved indoor air quality.

    How does the PC600 operate? It makes use of 4 filtration stages:

    1. A standard 10″ sediment pre-filter rated at 5 microns removes larger particulates which helps to protect the rest of the system from the damaging effects of dirt and debris.
    2. Next, 2 stages of catalytic granular activated carbon filter chlorine (96%) which improves water aesthetics. The media might also help with pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents and other contaminants that may be present in your water supply.
    3. Lastly, bacteriostatic copper-zinc oxidation media (KDF-55) inhibits bacterial growth for obvious health reasons. It may also be possible that the blend further reduces chlorine content and even water-soluble heavy metals (at least to some extent).

    All in all, the system has a filtration capacity of 662,400 gallons over five years.

    The service flow rate is 8 gallons per minute, so enough for small to mid-sized homes with up to 2 bathrooms.

    Min/max water pressure: 25-80 psi.

    What We Like

    The Pelican PC600 was tested and certified according to NSF Standard 42 for chlorine taste and odor reduction as well as structural integrity.

    We consider the NSF 61 certification for material safety to be a nice addition albeit secondary.

    Also, the media tank is made from durable stainless steel for longevity. Besides, we like the looks.

    Furthermore, the system is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    And lastly, the whole house filter can be upgraded with a UV-light stage that destroys 99.9% of harmful microorganisms such as E. coli, cryptosporidium and giardia, so that you no longer have to be concerned about waterborne pathogens.

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    Installation

    The good news is that we have a built-in bypass valve which makes things a lot easier. Plus everything is shipped pre-assembled and the tank comes pre-loaded. This greatly simplifies the installation process saving you time and money.

    The bad news is that not all fittings are included and they can be hard to get by.

    Do we still think that a skilled do-it-yourselfer will be able to do the installation all by himself? Absolutely! You might have to visit your local hardware store, though.

    By the way, the optional installation kit provided by Pelican is worth considering to buy.

    Video

    Want to learn how to install the Pelican PC600? Watch this:

    The Package (Parts)

    • Sediment pre-filter housing (blue) with mounting bracket
    • 5-micron poly-spun sediment pre-filter cartridge
    • Housing wrench
    • Bypass valve
    • Carbon unit (PC600)
    • Hose bib assembly
    • O-rings, split rings, connectors
    • Non-abrasive auto wax
    • Optional: UV-light stage (PUV-7)

    Maintenance

    Maintaining this Pelican whole house water filtration system is a breeze. All you have to do is replace the sediment pre-filter cartridge every 6 to 9 months, depending on your water usage and the actual amount of sediment in your supply system.

    Regular replacements will not only increase the filtration effectiveness of the entire unit but also extend its life.

    About every 5 years or 600,000 gallons – whichever comes first – the carbon media needs to be renewed. Thanks to the upflow design you can do this yourself at minimum cost.

    Replacing just the media opposed to the entire tank is the most environmentally friendly and cost effective solution.

    The total costs are:

    • Sediment pre-filter bi-annual replacement – $35
    • Carbon media replacement once every 5 years – $200

    Compared to other whole house filters on the market this makes the PC600 exceptionally cheap to maintain.

    Manual

    Manual: https://www.pelicanwater.com/pdf/pc600_1000.pdf

    What We Don’t Like

    What we don’t like?

    First of all, the required pre-soaking of the carbon media takes 48 hours and can be a real pain. The hose bib definitely could do with an upgrade. Some users had to replace it. You might also need a second hose bib so that the water that’s coming out of the tank runs into a drain instead of over your feet.

    Also, this product is pricey compared to other whole house water filters and considering the fact that it only removes a bunch of chemicals, but does nothing for heavy metals for example. The price also doesn’t match the plastic connectors that tend to leak.

    Thirdly, carbon might leach out of the system and enter your plumbing. (There is an easy fix for this: A random post-filter – nothing fancy.)

    Our Verdict

    Most people that have installed the Pelican PC600 whole house filter in their home could immediately tell the difference in the quality of their water. No more chlorine smell, no dry skin – they love it.

    If it wasn’t for the high price we would rate this system with 4.5 stars. Nevertheless, it is what it is, thus 3.5 stars!

    Looking for More Pelican Information & Reviews?

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