Aquasana EQ-1000 Whole House Water Filter System Review

Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by Richard

Is there really such a thing as the Aquasana (EQ-1000) 10-Year 1,000,000 gallon whole house water filter? Will it work on my well water? Do I need anything else?

I will answer all of your questions and more. Depending upon your situation, there is a solution that will work for you.

No water filter system is perfect, but the Aquasana EQ-1000 comes pretty close. This is what I will be putting in my next house. Maybe you should too.

Aquasana 10-Year 1,000,000 Gallon Whole House Water Filter

What Does The Prefilter and Post-Filter Do?

The prefilter removes, silt, sediment, sand, and rust to prevent clogging up the big tank filters. Since the big tanks are not back flushed to clean them, letting them get clogged up is going to be expensive.

The post filter is supposed to catch anything that made it through the other filters. Which it does very well, because it is a 0.35 micron filter. That’s pretty small, 0.35 micron = 0.00137795 inch.

We add a pre-filter to help reduce reduces rust, sediment and silt and a .35 micron post filter to remove particulates 60 times smaller than the eye can see. We do know that the filtration media used in this system can help reduce fluoride to en extent, however it is not a high enough percentage for us to claim reduction. For 97.5% fluoride reduction, check out our under counter Reverse Osmosis system

How Often Do I Need To Change Filter Cartridges?

Keep in mind that the pre-filter’s lifetime is generally 3-6 months, depending upon the quality of the city water. When filtering well water it will be 1-3 months.

However, the post-filter will last for 6-12 months on city water, and usually 2-6 months on your well water.

One customer said every 2 months for the prefilter and 4 or 5 months for the post-filter. So, don’t be surprised if that is what your water requires.

Also, a water conserving family of four people might get to 15 years before replacing the 1,000,000 gallon rhino tank.

One clue to knowing when to replace filters of any kind, is when the water flow has been significantly reduced from the original flow volume.

Also, you could add a water meter to your well waterline to tell you when you have used 1,000,000 gallons.

Will the Aquasana EQ-1000 Remove Fluoride?

Some, but not enough to say that it does. You should also get a reverse osmosis system to remove fluoride. A whole house reverse osmosis system is very expensive. So, most people get an under sink or countertop reverse osmosis system to remove fluoride.

NSF Certified To Remove “New” “For Ever” Chemical Pollutants

The NSF P475 certification proves that the Aquasana system removes PFOA and PFOS.

They are called “forever” chemicals, because they do not breakdown and continue to build up with our bodies.

The Aquasana EQ-1000 is designed to remove PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) (sometimes called C8) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) chemicals that are collectively referred to as PFC (Perfluorochemicals).

These chemicals have been used worldwide for many years and it is presumed that everyone on the planet is exposed to these chemicals. They were used to make non-stick fry-pans, stain resistant clothing, and many other uses.

The EPA says these PFOS and PFOA chemicals have been found in the soil, the air and in groundwater throughout the USA. [1]

The Aquasana EQ-1000 is BPA Free

All of the plastic that Aquasana uses in their products are BPA (Bisphenol A) free to keep you safe from breast cancer, heart disease, fertility problems, and male impotence.

Will It Remove High Amounts Of Manganese and Iron From Well Water?

The activated carbon filter will remove lower levels of manganese, iron, and sulfur smells. So, if you have high levels, you should be adding additional filters to your system. Otherwise you will be wasting money due to clogging up filters before they have reached their full capacity.

One customer said that his water’s iron content dropped from 27 ppm to 7 ppm. Also, that he didn’t have any odor or taste problems anymore.

How Can I Get A Higher Flow Rate?

Double up the system. Just split the waterline to flow trough both systems at the same time, and then feed the filtered water back into one line.

The normal water flow rate is 7 gallons per minute (gpm), which is adequate for most houses. So, doubling the system would give you 14 gallons per minute.

Will My Water Pressure Or Flow Rate Drop?

The system was designed to supply 3.5 bathrooms or a house of 3500 square feet without a reduction of pressure. However, that is if you replace the prefilter and post-filer when needed.

One customer put a pressure gauge before and after the system and the pressure never dropped over a three month period.

The fittings that come with the product are (3/4 inch size) plastic, unless you get the pro installation kit which has brass fittings.

What Is In The Top and Bottom Tanks?

The main tank system, which includes the top and bottom tanks, is 48″ H x 9″ D. This tank system weighs 47 lbs.

Inside of the top tank is the KDF-55 filtering media, which are beads of a 55% copper and 45% zinc combination.

The KDF-55 filter process removes chlorine, lead, mercury, chromium and nickel. It also prevents hard water scale deposits and the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungus.

Inside of the bottom tank is an activated carbon filter media made from coconut shells. This tank removes Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), more chlorine, sulfur stink, and more chemicals.

Can I Use This With A Salt Type Water Softener?

Yes, many people do just that. Put the Aquasana EQ-1000 before your water softener. Or just add the salt free water conditioner to the Aquasana Rhino.

Can I Install This Outside?

Yes, if you protect it from direct sunlight, and keep it from freezing and from temperatures over 100 degrees F.

All of the Aquasana whole house systems are made in Haltom City, Texas.

Aquasana EQ-1000 Warranty – The Fine Print

The warranty period starts at the time of purchase.

You must have a licensed plumber install the system using Aquasana parts or the warranty is voided. Why?

First, your homeowner’s insurance might not cover damages caused by faulty installation. If it was installed by a licensed plumber, the plumbing company’s insurance should pay for the damages.

Second, if the Aquasana Eq-1000 system was professionally installed, but failed due to a defect, then your Aquasana warranty is still valid. However, if you install the Aquasana EQ-1000 yourself and the system fails due to a defect, the Aquasana warranty is voided.

In other words, if you install the system yourself and there is a problem, Aquasana isn’t going to pay for your mistakes. Even if some part was defective, but you didn’t notice it before installing the system.

Why I Would Hire Professional Installation of The Aquasana EQ-1000

This is like the time the blower fan on my furnace was making noise after 18 years. How hard could that be to do it myself? Seems pretty straightforward, but I hired the company that installed the furnace originally to do the work.

So, the new fan was installed and the furnace was running properly. Until it shut off, and didn’t turn back on when it needed to. Which was a couple hours later.

The repairman came back and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Eventually the repairman realized that a gasket wasn’t sent with the blower, and therefore wasn’t installed. So, he got a gasket from a different furnace and mine was now working properly.

I never would have known that a gasket should have been sent with the blower. Which is why I hired a professional to do an “easy” job. Maybe you should too.

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1. EPA Technical Fact Sheet – Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

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