Hello! We have a Sears water softener that is almost 10 years old and now needs some parts. We are not sure the price of parts is worth the cost, as new ones are almost as much as the price quote for the parts! So my question is, has anyone bought one of those SoPhTec softeners I see in magazines. They cost $388 and are very small (just a little box) and don't use salt. This would be a huge savings over the years, and less work, if you don't use salt. But are they just blowing sunshine up my dress or do these things work??? If anyone has an affordable softener that works great, let me know what it is. I will be glad to hear from anyone on the above mentioned one, as it sounds too good to not be a rip off. We do not have sulpher, thank goodness, just iron and rust. Thanks, Sue.