Maker People (thank you in advance for any help):
We purchased a Katadyn
40e from a a person who never installed it. It was new, in the box, and obviously never installed or run. I have read with interest a related post that had a similar situation. We think the unit sat in the box for 12-18 months, we are trying to verify the exact time of purchase
with the previous owner.
We did not contact Katadyn
prior to installation
- we just went for it. Three long days later and we flipped the breaker on. The unit is producing product water
at about 1.4 gal/hr (temp: 75F-80F) and we cannot detect salt
using our taste buds. BUT, we do feel there is a faint chemical taste to the product water even after the original biocide was flushed out. We have run the unit for over 3 hours on 2 different days to see if the taste would diminish, it has not.
Katadyn was very sure it was not a result of sitting in biocide for a year (quite smuggly he asked, "do you know what biocide tastes like?"). Then he asked how the water rated on the TDS meter - as if we all have one. I had him explain what a TDS meter was (this was certainly not mentioned in the manual). We have not obtained a TDS meter yet. But, he did suggest something else in the plumbing
was causing the taste.
So, we sucked fresh water through the seawater intake hoses, the prefilter and sections of the clear pvc hose, but were unable to reproduce the taste. We are comparing it to water from a RO vending machine and our tank water going through a seagull filter. We cannot detect any salt
, but Chris at Katadyn was quick to point out that the membrane could be letting through 800ppm salt (too much) and we would not be able to taste it.
The water is clear and well flushed by the tides where we are in Key West
Has anyone heard of still having a chemical taste after running the watermaker
for 3+ hours? Should we buy a TDS meter? Is there some other tests that could/should be done on the water? Are we too picky/finicky/sensitive? Should the membrane be cleaned, serviced? Can you run something through to "freshen" it up?
Thanks for any help!