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This product review features the Culligan WH-HD200-C whole house water filter.
If you want to explore top-of-the-line filtration systems packed with smart features, you might be interested in what the industry leader, Culligan, has to offer.
Out of the five POE water filtration systems by Culligan, today we will focus on the WD- HD200-C. Stay with us as we explore the features, benefits, and common issues associated with the whole house filtration system.
Is this Culligan water filter the answer to all your needs? Let’s find out.
Culligan WH-HD200-C Whole House Sediment Water Filter – Main Specs
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- Designed for filtering water containing sediment, rust, scale, etc.
- Only RFC-BBSA cartridge also removes chlorine and other tastes and odor
- Filtration capacity, flow rate, and micron rating depend on which filter cartridge you choose
- R50-BBSA: 24,000 gallons, 10 gpm (1-3 bathrooms), 50 microns
- CW25-BBS: 20,000 gallons, 8 gpm (1-2 bathrooms), 25 microns
- RFC-BBSA: 10,000 gallons, 3 gpm (1 bathrooms), 25 microns
- CP5-BBS: 12,000 gallons, 8 gpm (1-2 bathrooms), 5 microns
- CW5-BBS: 16,000 gallons, 8 gpm (1-2 bathrooms), 5 microns
- NSF: 42
At the beginning of our Culligan WH-HD200-C review, a few highlights:
You can use this Culligan whole house water filter with 5 different filter cartridges. All remove sediment, rust and scale. But some are also good for sand, silt and bad taste and odor.
Easy to Install
Whole house water filters of this type are easy to install. With the Culligan WH-HD200-C it’s even easier thanks to the built-in bypass valve.
Knowing What’s Going On
The clear filter housing allows you to check the condition of the filter cartridge inside without the need to open the system.
- Most importantly, you can combine the whole house filter with different cartridges. This helps you target and solve the problem that is unique to your household rather than sticking to run-of-a-mill filters that you don’t need.
For example, if your water supply is riddled with sediment, rust, scale, and heavy sand particles, then you can select the Culligan CW-25-BBS cartridge to treat all these problems in one go.
On the other hand, if you have very fine silt in the water, you can buy the CP5-BBS. Keep in mind that each filter has a different life expectancy due to differences in its performance. So, you can rest assured that whatever your water-related problem is, you can get a customized solution for it.
- We also love that the filter has an inbuilt bypass valve that makes filter changes a breeze. Simply activate the bypass mode and easily twist the housing without having to stop water supply all over your house.
- Thanks to clear housings, you can always see your filter cartridges and how saturated they are—no more guessing when to replace them! Not to mention it is oddly satisfying to see the filters at work.
- Moreover, you receive a 2-year warranty for the whole house water filtration system.
- Dirt-free water not only protects you but prevents all components of your plumbing from premature failure too. The sediment and scale from polluted water negatively impact the life of your appliances. With the Culligan water filtration system, you save tons of money by elongating the life of your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine.
- The unit is perfect for large homes with 1-inch piping for increased water flow. This means you won’t have to compromise on the water pressure around the house.
- Last but not the least, our favorite part about water filtration systems – the certifications, since they add weight to the manufacturer’s claims. The WH-HD200-C is NSF certified for low lead compliance (NSF standard 372). By Canadian standard, the unit is CSA B483.1 certified. Not only this, an NSF 42 certification signifies material safety.
Overall we can’t find significant issues with the system performance, but few consumers had problems that we would like to talk about.
- No doubt, the heavy duty filter is structurally sound, but one element has raised a red flag: the threads on inlet and outlet ports. Since they are made of plastic, the quality is not as sturdy as expected.
As a result, installation becomes tricky. Most people assumed that the threads were metal. They used male threaded connectors made out of metal and ended up damaging the entire connection. If they had information about this issue, it could have been avoided, but unfortunately, the information is not highlighted.
The easiest solution is to use lots of good quality Teflon tape and screw the two fittings backwards.
- We have also read about the bypass valve getting stuck or too hard to move. Using a housing wrench to move it further damages the seal. Unfortunately, people had to replace the bypass valve.
However, we have a solution: When you take it apart for the first time, use silicone to coat the valve and the O-rings. This will prevent problems in the future.
Installing this Culligan filter is not exactly a piece of cake. However, if you have basic plumbing knowledge, you can attempt it yourself. We advise you to go through the instruction manual and the common problems we have highlighted above before rolling up your sleeves.
Installation difficulty: Moderate
Installation time: Two to three hours
Select a Suitable Space
Before you begin, select a suitable place. Here are a few key points:
- The filter must be placed next to the pressure pump (for houses with well water) or water meter (for homes with city water).
- There must be at least 2 inches of space under the system to remove the housing for replacement.
- Turn off the water supply and drain any existing water in the pipelines.
- Apply 6 inches of Teflon tape in clockwise direction to pipe threads on both adaptors and screw into the inlet/outlet port.
- Now, mount the unit to the wall where it is close to the main water line.
- Cut the main water line using a saw and connect to the adaptors on the inlet/outlet ports.
- Locate the cartridge and insert it into the housing. Make sure it fits on the cavity at the bottom. Similarly, insert it into the cavity in the filter head.
- Tighten the housing to the filter head.
- Turn the bypass to service mode and turn on the main water supply too.
- Check the unit for leaks.
- Flush the cartridge for at least 20 minutes by opening a few cold water faucets.
- To reset filter life, press the reset button and wait for it to turn green.
Are you still having trouble? Here is a detailed video to help you.
Apart from filter changes, there’s not much to do. Thanks to a filter life light (that flashes red at 90 days) and see-through housings, you won’t have much trouble.
Moreover, the bypass valve makes the process even more trouble-free.
Here is a list of all the cartridges that are compatible with your Culligan WH-HD200-C:
When to replace the filters depends on which cartridge you choose and the water quality in your house. It may range between two months to six months or 10,000 to 24,000 gallons.
- System head with mounting bracket
- Filter housing
- Housing wrench
- Filter life monitor with battery
Culligan WH-HD200-C Review – Conclusion & Best For
The Culligan WH-HD200-C is best for households dealing with silt or sediment. Don’t expect out and out filtration from the unit since it does not remove harmful contaminants, pollutants, insecticides, chlorine, or other unwanted elements.
To sum up, it’s a basic unit that works as advertised. So, if you are on a budget and your primary concern is sediment-filled water, by all means, go ahead. But, on the other hand, if you want thorough contaminant removal, look into other options.
If you have questions about our Culligan WH-HD200-C whole house filter system review please leave a comment below!
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