R.I.P. - Merlin Tankless RO System
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Pentair mercifully "killed off" the Merlin Tankless Reverse Osmosis System effective October 1, 2010, finally doing what I have been saying needed to be done for 5 years. It was a tankless (and thankless) RO system which was supposed to make 700 or more gallons a day, never mind that the water quality ranged from "horrid" to "bad" many times. It was supposed to make Reverse Osmosis Systems with tanks obsolete, never mind it didn't shut off sometimes and continually ran water down the drain. The Revolutionary product first introduced by GE called the Merlin is now dead!
This is a classic case of over-hyping a new product by a large company. After millions of dollars of development costs GE was determined to recoup some of these expenses and went to market with a product known to have a high failure rate. After the Pentair merger, the product became a liability and Pentair was loathe to continue marketing a product prone to such high failure rates (we estimate up to 27% of the units fail within the first year. GE's self-proclaimed "Biggest Innovation in Home RO Technology in 30 years!"
should have been called the "Biggest Flop in Home RO Technology in 30 years" but there are other candidates for that honor, past and present, and it remains to be seen whether Next-RO might also be a candidate. More on that soon.
If you are thinking of buying a GE Merlin (or Pentair Merlin) Tankless reverse, all I can say is you are buying an obsolete product if you buy the Merlin Tankless RO System. Think long and hard before you buy ANY tankless RO system - any and all are rife with issues. Pentair will continue to provide parts, filters and membranes for the Merlin Tankless Reverse Osmosis System for five years (ending October 1, 2015).
All I can say is "I told you so."