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I got this apec ro 45 unit no more than 2 weeks ago, the white filter (on the 1st stage w clear housing) is already brown! heres a picture:<img src="http://home.comcast.net/~eduardoaracil/ro45/DSC00551.JPG" width="250" height="225" alt="apec ro 45" />here is the UPS tracking number:Tracking Number: 1Z0E061W0391888848 My tap water comes out at 320ppm I live in houston tx mud #30 if you want to look up or request water specs. this unit cleans the water to 20-30 ppm never got lower than 20ppm. If I would of known it was going to be brown in 1 week of use I would of kept refilling my 5 gal jugs at walmart for 0.27 cents a gal... here is the picture link incase you cant see it:http://home.comcast.net/~eduardoaracil/ro45/DSC00551.JPG
Ive had this unit (ro 45) for less than 2 weeks and the 1st stage filter which I bought with the clear housing is already brown, mind you it was as white as the other filters casings, it turned yellow by the 2nd day. I live in Houston TX my tap water is at 320ppm and afer the ro the lowest its been 20ppm it ranges from 20-30ppm. heres a picture: http://home.comcast.net/~eduardoaracil/ro45/DSC00551.JPGI am thinking of returning it...I dont think it will last more than 2 months before it turns black and my water is not even that bad 320ppm! Houston TX 77083 mud #30 if you want to look up specs your self.<img src="http://home.comcast.net/~eduardoaracil/ro45/DSC00551.JPG" width="250" height="225" alt="ro45" />
One of the best discoveries I ever made was finding APEC. While other websites make vague claims about their products, APEC got into the kind of exact detail that can only be provided by people who know what they?re doing and what their product is all about. So we bought an APEC RO-PERM system a few weeks ago. It is by far the best reverse osmosis system we've ever seen. It arrived in perfect condition, shipped promptly the next day after I ordered it, came with superb installation instructions and hardware. Also very well packed. The system and the materials look high quality just as APEC described on their website (FreeDrinkingWater.com). We could not be happier. My wife and I have been enjoying the great taste of the water. With the free included water quality meter, our original tap measured about 380 ppm (parts per million) of total dissolved solids. After passing through the RO, the water measured 4 ppm- amazing! The water quality is even better than the bottled water that I have been paying high prices for. Tastes better than bottled water too. The difference can also be seen in our ice cubes. Before the APEC RO, I wouldn't touch the almost solid white ice. After the APEC RO, I am stressing the capacity of the icemaker. The cubes now are almost clear. What a relief, now my water buying and lugging problems are gone!! Goodbye bottled water. Hello savings and convenience.
We learned it the painful way that when it comes to water filter systems, a good quality system is well worth its value. Several years ago I made a HUGE mistake of purchasing a "bargain" R.O. system (costing about $220) from a mass merchandizer. On June 27, the bargain R.O. system failed. More specifically, the 2nd stage, carbon block, filter housing cracked wide open and spilled ~250 gallons into the center of my house. Thank goodness, my wife and I were home and our dogs were able to alert us to the flood. Although the flood was repaired within an hour, and the cleanup began immediately, the damage incurred was still multiple thousand of dollars. My $100 savings at time of purchasing my previous R.O. system is now costing me and my insurance company much MUCH more. Had we been on vacation, this minor incident could have easily resulted in major damage (multiple tens of thousands of dollars)!!! Having to replace the R.O. system, I got on the internet and began to investigate who made the BEST system available. All information pointed to APEC (www.freedrinkingwater.com). I ordered the RO-45 and all I can say is "WOW!" Here is just a short list of major observations that differentiate APEC from many of its competitors...  APEC wet tests each system for 24 hours prior to shipping the unit to you. (Well, I know that I don't want my kitchen floor to be the testing bench!)  The filters used are off highest quality and construction. Every Single Component (including the filter housings) are NSF / FDA certified. Each piece weighs substantially more than the cheap, knock-off versions. Remember, a little filter housing can be a BIG problem.  Highest-purity water. My incoming water is 750 TDS. My post softener, pre-RO water is 675 TDS. My post-RO water is 7 TDS! I am still astonished by the results.  I called customer service to inquire about the technicalities of upgrading my system t
o the RO-90. The staff was knowledgeable, efficient, courteous, and very professional. Knowing that I can get direct technical support and parts from them (the factory) really gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. The way I see it, I'll be drinking the water from this system for many years to come, I want someone who can help me maintain and fix any problems I may have down the road. So another advise is to buy factory direct if you can. And beware of reseller websites who lack technical knowledge, and can't support/ service you later on. Rather than go on, I encourage each you to thoroughly investigate (as I did) all your options, and then decide for yourself. I rarely write reviews, but this company / product really impresses me, so I want to share my experience with others.