My APEC Reverse Osmosis InstallationBy John Davis - December 19, 2014
With the majority of public water infrastructure in the US at or near a century old, we can’t take for granted that fact that our water is always going to be safe to drink. Every year there are waterborne illness outbreaks that put people in the hospital and worse. That’s why I decided it was time to take control of my family’s water and install a quality APEC reverse osmosis water system.
The model I’ve chosen for our home is ROES-50 (read my product review), which is the entry level system in the APEC residential RO family.
To learn more about the advanced features of the other models please check out my post comparing APEC’s reverse osmosis systems.
Today I’ll review the system assembly, installation, and results.
I’m not going to walk through the installation details step-by-step as the system includes a very well laid out instruction manual that explains everything, plus I think that would be rather boring.
I will highlight the different steps and give my rating of each.
Unpacking – First Impression of APEC’s Quality
First of all, the unit was neatly packaged in an APEC water box, every piece perfectly placed an secured with foam blocks. The very first step is to inspect all the parts for damage, but as neatly as it was boxed up I doubt they have many issues with damage occurring during shipment.
Not only am I a water fanatic, but I’m also a obsessed with details. I believe that in many cases it’s the small things that really count. Making sure your products are not only secured while shipping, but also easy to unpack and inspect, are some of the little things you find with companies that really care about providing a top-notch customer experience.
What’s Included with the System?
The ROES-50 comes with just about everything you need for assembly and installation.
In the box you have;
- System Head – RO Membrane and In-Line Carbon Filter
- 4 Gallon Pressurized Tank
- 3 Pre-filters – 1 x Sediment and 2 x Carbon-block
- 3 Pre-filter Housings
- All the Necessary Tubing and Connectors
- Teflon Tape
- Special Wrench for Filter Housings
- Detailed Instruction Manual
- High-Quality Chrome Faucet
What Tools Do I Need?
You will need some basic tools as I have listed below.
- Power drill
- 1/4″ drill bit (required for your waste water line)
- 1/2″ drill bit (optional if you want to mount your faucet on the counter-top)
- Philips-head screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
Once you verify that all of the components are intact the next step is to assemble the three pre-filter housings and attach them to the RO system head. This is extremely simple. All you do is;
- Remove the plastic from the filter cartridges,
- Place them inside the housings,
- Screw them on counter-clockwise, starting with stage 3 and working over to stage 1,
- Then, using the included wrench tighten each housing, starting from stage 1 and working your way back to stage 3.
Under-the-Sink Installation – How Long Did it Take?
All together installation took me about 2 1/2 hours.
Please note that I am not at all an experienced handy-man, if you have any skills in this area you can probably eclipse my time.
But for me the most difficult part was deciding on the layout. There were a couple of different ways I could have arranged the components and sometimes when I’m faced with multiple choices, especially if it’s something I don’t want to change in the future, it can be tough for me to decide.
If you have sufficient space for multiple options you’ll need to decide where to sit the filtration system and the tank, also where to drill the hole for your waste water line. But if you’re quick at making decisions, or really only have one reasonable layout option you can probably cut at least an hour off your time.
Mounting the Faucet on the Counter-top
The system also has a faucet that is designed to be mounted on your counter-top. I actually skipped this step because I have granite counter-tops and did not want to drill a hole in my granite, nor did I want to pay someone $75+ to do it for me.
I opted to simply hang the faucet under the sink and I can open the door and get it out whenever I want it. This is a perfectly suitable alternative for me as the entire system is neat and tucked away when I don’t need it.
However, if you do want to install the faucet it looks very simple, especially if you have a counter-top that can easily be drilled. All you need is a drill and a 1/2 bit. After that you just tighten one nut and you’re done. It would likely take only a couple of extra minutes to complete.
How Long Before I Can Enjoy My Purified Water?
Once the system is fully installed you’ll need to allow the tank to fill one time and then drain it, then let it fill again. Once the tank has filled a second time you are good to go.
The fill time can vary depending upon your home’s water pressure and the temperature of the water. The system documentation says it takes 2-3 hours for the tank to fill, but mine filled in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I’m not sure if it’s the temperature or pressure that plays into mine filling a bit faster, but perhaps you’ll have similar results.
How Does the Reverse Osmosis Water Compare to Tap?
Did I mention the final product is fabulous as well?
For the last two months we’ve used our APEC reverse osmosis system for all drinking, coffee, tea, and cooking and it still measures as low as it did on day one.
For the record, the APEC RO water tested at 4 ppm (parts per million) vs our tap and fridge filtered water which both tested around 112 ppm. (Fridge filters hardly remove anything)
Some Others Tips I’d Like to Pass Along
The APEC ROES-50 system is very easy to install. One of the reasons it’s so easy is because it has “Quick Connectors” that allow you to connect all of the tubing in seconds.
**Make sure you insert the tubing completely** It can be a bit deceiving. The tube goes in, you pull it back slightly – as the directions state – and it stays, so you think it’s good, not so fast! When I started up my system I had a minor leak because one of my tubes was not pushed in all the way. Give it just a tiny bit more of a push to make sure, you’ll definitely feel it when it goes all the way in.
Also, if you decide to keep your faucet under the sink go ahead and pick up a nice refillable water bottle or carafe with a lid to keep in the fridge. This will greatly cut down the number of times you have to get the faucet out each day and give you wonderful pure refrigerated RO water anytime you need it – which should be often.
Would I Recommend APEC’s Reverse Osmosis System?
Absolutely. I give this system 5 stars all the way around. This system also has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 300+ reviews and counting.
Not only do I recommend this system, but APEC in general gets 5 stars from me. Why?
- They’ve been in business over 17 years
- A+ BBB Rating
- Member of the Water Quality Association
- They have specialist who are WQA Certified
- Every System is Built and Inspected in the USA
What is Reverse Osmosis?
In it’s simplest form reverse osmosis is the process of using pressure to pass water from a more concentrated area through a semi-permeable membrane to a less concentrated area.
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