Kenmore Elite Central Water Whole Home Filtration SystemItem# 04238208000 | Model# 38208
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Specifications & Dimensions
|Capacity and Flow:_UP|
|Filter Life Capacity (gal.):||570,000|
|Tank Diameter (In.):||13.5|
|Tank Height (In.):||35.37|
|General Warranty:||1 year full parts and labor; 10 year tank|
|Hard Water Conditioning:||Yes|
|Substances Filtered (Aesthetic):||Reduces Bad Taste & Odor, Chlorine Reduction|
|Substances Filtered (Health):||Sediment; chlorine taste and odor|
|Water Supply Type:||Municipal or Well Supply|
|NSF/ANSI Certified:||Standard 42|
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Ratings & Reviews
Kenmore — trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans.
The Kenmore Elite Central Water Whole Home Filtration System reduces unpleasant chlorine tastes and odors from the water throughout your home. You can have filtered water...from your kitchen faucet for food and drink preparation, in the bath and shower to reduce chlorine's effect on your skin and hair, and at every bathroom sink for brushing your teeth.
- Prevents large particles of sediment from entering your home's plumbing system and other appliances
- Reduces chlorine taste and odor
- NSF-rated capacity of 570,000 gallons
- Estimated useful life is more than 10 years, based on NSF-rated capacity
- Self-cleaning filter
- High-performance valve helps maintain the necessary water flow to your home
- LED indicator light lets you see when the system is filtering
Added on June 29, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
To those of you who know nothing of water filtration or the widely varying techniques used to filter it. Fist note at the bottom of the description it says the filtration is cosmetic. This means it removes setiment, it obviously has carbon in it since people are having issues with carbon permeation. It would be great if Sears actually told you in the video the mechanisms used in the filtration process, Also don't be fooled by the reviewer who states that Reverse Osmosis wastes 2 gallons of water for each gallon of useable water. This simply isn't true with the newer models and definitely not true with other types of filtration. Not to mention this system back flushes, which means it also wastes water. Second an RO unit removes setiment, salt, chlorine, lead and many many other unwanted contaminates this unit DOES'T. Most likely this unit is using Coconut husk coated with carbon which is why it continues to leach carbon into the water and why people are reporting their water still tastes bad. Carbon is used to absorb chemicals from the water, it doesn't however remove any elements (lead, mercury, copper, vandium and the like) and back flushing only washes out the setiment, it does absolutley nothing for the carbon as the carbon will not release any chemicals from simply being rinsed it will only absorb more chemicals during the rinse which is why it's used to absorb the chemicals in the first place. I hope this helps anyone considering purchasing this unit.
I live in country with well water which has iron and bad sulfur small for 20 years. Last 20 years, I never thought it could be remove sulfur smell because I have tried so many filter system and spend so much time and money. last spring probably middle of March , I saw this brand new filter in the local craiglist for $100. So it was my last opportunity put it in the water system with not much hope. It was very simple to install by my self. After installed it and couple of draining the water, the sulfur smell is gone that not only myself but wife and daughters couldn't believe it. It is automatic regenerate and last 10 years according to the manual(I don't believe it but last only 2 years, still it is worth to me) Recently, I have purchased another unit from sears for in-case this filer fall. If you have sulfur smell please buy this filter. You will be surprised Of cause, I still have iron filter remove system.
Great Valley, NY
Back in 1993 we purchased this house and never knew that a very bad sulfar smell existed. Supposedly the well got hit by lightening and they could not test the water. So we landed a house with problems. We went through one of those smaller filter systems and started with 1 filter every 3 months, then it came down to 1 per month for odor and taste and they were now running $38 a filter, plus tax. This system pays for itself in 10 months at regular price of $349 and on sale yesterday at $199.99 - 6 months, thus saving us thousands over the life of the unit. With such a problem we are happy when it lasts 6 to 7 years even though 10 is what is advertised. This is definitely a lifesaver and if it works for us on odor and taste with a very bad sulfar smell, then I think it could work for almost anyone. I grabbed two to have a spare on hand and I'm good to go for 12, 14, 20 years!
Missing manual for this item.. I found it by calling Parts Direct. Notice that the model number of this item must have 625 leading and a 0 at the end of the model number. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kenmore-elite-Parts/Water-softener-Parts/user-manuals/manual-downloads/Model-625382080/0583/1090000?modelNumber=625382080&diagramPageId=&documentId=
Slippery Rock, PA
my well water started smelling bad after i chlorinated it.replaced pressure tank and drained hot water tank with no results.water had a burned rubber type smell. i tried this whole house filter and it solved the smell and the taste. my outside spigots are not filtered and they still smell.that proves this filter is working. we even turned off our water conditioner with no loss of good soft water. this filter is great,have had it about 6 weeks.
First, about the person that wrote, "WOW! How can this be?" You expected more than what the system says its suppose to do. It WILL NOT take toxic mud and make it drinkable, that is not the intention of the design. I've personally installed several of these in friends homes inc. my own and it has made remarkable improvements over the existing water. I'm not claiming the system will make it 100% perfect, but more usable. I have seen it make water that was cloudy and sour to the taste, clear and more drinking. And I'm **** about my water. In closing, if you want perfect water, move to the top of the mountains in the northern hemisphere where the water in naturally cleansed and insatiably delicious. I.M.O., if you (any gen. cons.) want to improve your water by any measure, this system can def. help. Again, it's not designed to perfectly eliminate every foul aspect of bad water, but it does HELP, which is what this system is for. If you need better, extend the system.
If you properly set your backflush timing and have the proper pressure coming into your unit, you'll get more mileage out of your soap, longer-lasting water filters on your refrigerator, cleaner dishes and less build-up on your appliances. I have had this unit for four years, never a problem. In fact, I plumbed in my backflush to go to my rose garden and Korean grass yard and set the recycle period to 10 days and shut off my irrigation in fall and winter months while getting extra clean water in the house. I drink from the faucet a lot nowadays. I used to be a hardcore reverse osmosis person but do not like the wasted water (1:1 ratio of waste to useable). The filter backflush puts my water use at a greater than a 60:1 ratio. While I believe some units may go out bad, I cannot believe that problems are "just their fault." If you have a heavily contaminated source (like construction in your area, where the water line gets dirt in it), a pre-filter with a removable media may help.
Grass Valley, CA
After 35 years of putting up with silt and manganese plugging the pipes and filters used to try and stop it I ran into this, works like a champ, has a high flow valve and uses charcoal-gravel-sand as a filter media, traps particles down to 25 microns completely automatic and takes up little space, now if you figure the cost of the large 4 1/2" X 20" filter cartridges and the housing and the fact you have a never ending cost and hassle to replace it makes this thing a super bargain !! this is made by ecopure BUT sears has put a better high flow valve that actually counts the water flow and flushes it self after whatever you set it for, it also is free standing and contained in a outer housing which I added a overflow drain like the softener as a safety for my laminate floor, my only gripe is sears don't put any info out there to see how good this thing really is, owner manual would be helpful for those who want to study it before buying, you can get the ecopure manual which is the same except for the valve, this filter is well thought out and designed and uses sears proven softener valve design and I couldn't be more pleased with it--not to mention no more dropping water pressure from plugged water filter cartridges as well as the constant hassle of changing them !! A+++++ HIGHLY recommend this product-would have bought it years ago if I would have had more info--