Do you receive well water in your home?
If you do, the Home Master HMF3SDGFEC 3-stage system is the best whole-house water filter for your home.
It consists of 3 stages of filtration that remove sediment, rust, manganese and other contaminants commonly found in well water.
The capacity on this product is 100,000 gallons, which translates to roughly one year of use for an average family.
Read on for our complete, in-depth review of this well water filter.
Note that this filter is not ideal for city water that is chlorinated. It can remove some of the chlorine from water but not as well as a filter designed specifically for city water.If you are looking for a whole-house water filter for chlorine, then read our 2019 whole-house water filter buying guide for the best recommendations.
As I have already mentioned, the Home Master HMF3SDGFEC is specifically for well water. The manufacturer makes clear that it is not for chlorinated city water (look for the HMF2SMGCC model that works with city water).
Well water contains a lot of contaminants that give the water an unpleasant taste/smell, cause staining on surfaces, make the water hard and which can cause health problems.
This filter uses a 3-stage filtration system to remove most of those contaminants. Let’s look at each stage.
Too much sediment in water can clog up your plumbing and leave stains all over the house, including your clothes.
This filter uses a special polypropylene sediment filter arranged in four distinct layers. Each layer has its own micron rating, meaning that it can only catch sediment up to a certain size.
The first layer traps particles as small as 25 microns, the second layer 10 microns, the third 5 microns, and the fourth layer is for the tiniest of sediment measuring 1 micron.
This multi-gradient design has two big benefits:
Iron in drinking water is not bad for your health. But it can give water an unpleasant metallic taste that many people don’t like.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Iron in water can be a nuisance around your home. It gets deposited on various surfaces including the toilet, sink and on the floor.
You’ll also notice reddish-brownish stains in your washing machine, on your clothes and even on your utensils. These stains are a pain to keep removing.
High iron content can also damage your plumbing and appliances.
This stage is dedicated to removing iron in well water. It does not remove all of the iron, but it filters out enough of it that the staining issues go away.
Like most water filters, the Home Master well water filter has an activated carbon stage. This is where chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and a wide variety of chemicals are removed from the water.
This stage improves safety and overall aesthetics (taste and smell).
You should notice a difference immediately after installation. The water will taste fresher and even smell better.
Once you clean out the existing iron stains (try using a baking soda paste or white vinegar to scrub the stains out), they’ll not return.
One thing customers absolutely loved about Perfect Water Technologies, the maker of this filter, is how helpful they are. It’s rare to find a big manufacturer with such great customer support. They are there to help if you encounter any problem.
If you think your filter is defective, contact them, and they will send a replacement part or unit immediately.
Depending on your particular plumbing situation, you may need to get a few extra fittings or replace a couple of the ones that are in the package.
I recommend buying Teflon tape or food-grade lubricant to prevent leaks.
You may also want to get a couple of pressure gauges to monitor water pressure before and after the filter. This will show you know when it's time to replace the filters (when the pressure falls significantly after the filter).
Once you’ve gathered all the tools and parts you need, it’s time to get to work.
Identify where you’ll install the filter. It should be on the main line after the water meter.
Switch off the water and drain the pipes before you proceed. For future’s sake when you need to maintain or replace the filters, consider installing a bypass.
This will maintain the water supply to the house as you do your maintenance.
Once you identify the best spot, installation is fairly straightforward though it will take time. Block at least an hour or two from your schedule.
Cut the main pipe, mount the bracket, screw in the connectors (use plenty of lubricant) and link all the filters.Turn on the water and see if there is any leakage.
A weak shower is a big no-no for me as I’m sure it is for most people. Some filters can affect the water pressure from the shower and faucets.
The Home Master is one of them.
The filter housing has large 1" inlet and outlet ports that guarantee a water flow of up to 15 GPM.
You can install a pressure gauge before and after the filter to see that there is little to no loss in water pressure.
Something else I love about this whole-house filter is how effective it is at cleaning up water. The effect is immediate.
The water tastes and smells fresher. It even feels better on your skin.
And those annoying stains on the floor and in the bathtub? Gone
I also have to give a thumbs up to the company’s customer support.
Even customers who, for one reason or another, did not like the Home Master filter say they got excellent service from the manufacturer.
For products like this that involve a fair amount of technical work during installation, good customer support is a lifesaver.
One of the biggest limitations of this system is that it doesn't effectively remove chlorine in city water. But that’s not a problem if you are using to filter non-chlorinated well water.
As with most whole-house filters, installation is not a 10-minute affair.
It’s actually not that difficult; it’s just that it takes time. If you are feeling up to some DIY plumbing, go ahead and install the filter.
You won’t mess up. The instructions are very clear, and you can always contact customer support.
But if you are busy, consider spending a bit more money to hire a plumber.
One issue that many customers have encountered when installing the Home Master is leakage. This issue is related to the O-rings.
They suggest buying better quality O-rings at the store to avoid leakage after installation.
Something else you should know before you commit to buying this filter – the replacement filters are a bit pricey ($200-$300 for all three).
The cost will be higher for a large family since the filters might not last a full year.
While it does contain an activated carbon filter – which is commonly used to remove chlorine – the Home Master system is not ideal for city water.
You should only use it with well water.
If you want drinking water that is free of most chemicals as well as dangerous microbes like typhoid, an RO or reverse osmosis filter is the best option.
I recommend you still install the Home Master to filter all the water coming into the house and then install an RO filter under the kitchen sink specifically for drinking and cooking water.
Alternatively, get a carafe water filter.
If you don’t want to filter all the water coming into the house, get a smaller under-sink or counter-top filter.
It can be an RO filter or a combined iron, manganese, and activated carbon system.
Well water, while generally sweeter because of the abundance of minerals and salts, also contains many contaminants.
Some (like iron) are not dangerous for you and your family, but can be a nuisance around the house.If you use well water, I strongly recommend you buy a whole-house water filter. The Home Master HMF3SDGFEC 3-stage system is the best one in the market.
Ed is a water specialist in Tampa, FL. He built CleanerSofterWater.com to help his friends and family learn about DIY solutions to common water quality issues in the home.
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