Model WHES48

48,000 Grain Water Softener

With 48,000 grain capacity and 12 ppm of clear water iron, this is an ideal softener for households with high levels of hardness and iron. It also has an built-in, self-cleaning filter screen for homes with sediment issues and private well water supplies.

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1 to 6+ Persons
Iron Removal: 12 ppm
Single-tank Design
Full-coverage Warranty
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48,000 Grain Water Softener Features

Demand Initiated Regeneration

Uses up to 25% less salt and water than previous Whirlpool® models by monitoring your water usage and only regenerating when necessary. Older timer-based models regenerate on a set cycle regardless of how much water you’ve used; which can result in unnecessary water and salt consumption.

Salt Saving, 6th Sense® Technology

Creates significant savings in salt and water usage by automatically calculating the salt required to clean its media bed and using only what is necessary. (Competitive models typically use a ‘fixed’ amount of salt to regenerate the media tank regardless of how much water has passed through the system.)

High Hardness Removal

Removes a maximum of 160 gpg of hardness.

Iron Removal

Triggers an additional backwash cycle to rid itself and your water supply of excess non-ferrous (clear water) iron.  Ferrous iron removal up to 12ppm.

Sediment Guard with Internal Filter Screen

Filters sediment and other particles to 70 microns, which is ideal for private well supplies.

Low Salt Light

Indicates the softener is working efficiently and flashes when the softener is getting low on salt, allowing you a few days to refill the salt tank.

Ultra High Flow Valve

Delivers maximum water flow even when multiple water-using devices (showers, appliances) are in use. Connects to plumbing up to 1-1/4″ in diameter. (Connections out of the softener are 1” male pipe threads)

2 Year Full Parts and Labor Warranty*

The warranty on this unit is: – 2 year full parts and labor – 3 years on the electronics – 10 years on the tank.

*Full parts and labor warranty may be extended up to 10 years with use of Whirlpool Water Softener Cleanser (WHEC-WSC). Click here for details.



Product Dimensions

D   19 in.
W   18 in.
H   47 7/8 in.
Dimensions are for planning purposes only.
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Electrical Requirements

110/120 Volts. AC. 24 Volt
Transformer Included.

Whirlpool Product Installation Assistance

A comprehensive guide about your new Whirlpool water softener. We’ll answer all your frequently asked questions, from how to get started to cleaning and maintenance.

Installation and Operation Manual

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Manual de instalación y operación

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Guide d’installation et de fonctionnement

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Installation Guide
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