Home Master TMAFC Artesian Reverse Osmosis Review

The Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system is a modular reverse osmosis filtration system that benefits from Home Master’s Artesian full contact system. What this means is that you end up with water that has a much better taste than the bland tasteless water that often comes from other reverse osmosis systems.

The strange taste associated with RO produced water is because all of the minerals have been removed along with the impurities.  It also leaves the water slightly acidic (lower pH). The TMAFC fixes this by first removing minerals and impurities from the water and then, before the water leaves the filtration system, passes it through a remineralization stage that adds the minerals back that give water its taste.  This will also change the water from being slightly acidic to a neutral pH value.

The modular filters on the system remove 98% of the solids, chemicals and metals (including iron) from the water that enters the system.

The Home Master TMAFC is, like many RO systems, quite wasteful with water. Depending on the input water pressure, as much as 4 gallons of impure water is wasted to produce 1 gallon of pure water. This can be greatly reduced by adding a permeate pump to increase the input water pressure. This can also reduce the water wastage by up to 80% and, at the same time, increase output by 50%.

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Filtration System Design

The TMHP system has a modular filter design. This modular system makes the changing of filter elements easier. Each of the filter elements is contained in its own housing, which is changed out with the filter. This solves a problem that can occur when the filter was contained within a housing. Even though the filter was replaced, some of the debris that had been removed by the filter remained in the housing. This reduced the life of the filter and could damage the housing. There is also no need for any tools when replacing the filters, you simply pull the old one out and push in the new filter.  Filter change instructions, which should be carried out annually, can be found here.

Water Efficiency

While this RO system is more efficient than many filter systems, it still wastes about 4 gallons of impure water for every gallon of pure water produced. This amount of water wastage can vary depending on the pressure of the water entering the filter. The higher the input pressure the less water wasted. The waste is because RO systems use water to clean the filter membranes.  Higher pressure water cleans more efficiently.

This waste water can be dramatically reduced by adding a permeate pump into the system. This permeate pump, which increases the water pressure, can improve efficiency to just 1 gallon of waste for every gallon of pure water produced. Adding a permeate pump can also increase the output of pure water by up to 50%.

Ease of Installation 4.5/5

This system is designed to be fitted by anyone with rudimentary DIY skills or using the services of a handyman.  A professional plumber is not needed to install this kit. The potentially most difficult part of the whole installation is drilling a hole in the sink top for the pure water faucet. This may not be necessary if a blank hole or hand sprayer hole already exists.

The full installation instructions and owner’s manual (found here) goes into great detail about how to connect the feed pipes and drainage pipes over 7 pages, but it is one of those things that is more difficult to explain than it is to do.

Home Master has also made a series of 6 videos that show an installation and for many, it is easier to watch these videos before attempting the installation.  It is well worth spending the time to watch the videos, as they clarify some the of instructions in the manual.

Video 1 – Introduction

Video 2 – Faucet installation

Video 3 – Fitting the feed water adaptor

Video 4 – Fitting the drain saddle

At this point, the installation of the permeate pump is not included in the video instructions, check out section 3a of the instruction manual for details if you added an optional pump.

Video 5 – Mounting the RO unit

Take note of the need to have enough room to remove the unit for annual maintenance.

Video 6 – Final assembly and starting the unit up

Pros

  • Pure water output per day – 50 gallons
  • Filter life – 2,000 gallons or 1 year
  • Removes up to 98% of dissolved solids, chemicals & metals – click this link for details
  • Modular filter design – filter and filter container are one, pull-out, push-in, unit
  • Removes Iron
  • Full Contact Technology to remineralize water for better taste and a neutral pH value
  • Non-acidic water reduces storage tank degradation
  • Made in the USA
  • 5 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

Cons

  • Wasteful in water. Can waste up to 4 gallons of water for every gallon of pure water produced. This can be greatly reduced (by up to 80%) by adding a permeate pump.

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Conclusion 4.6/5

Our Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system review has shown many of the positive elements that make it a highly popular and very highly regarded system. The water produced is passed through a remineralization element twice that adds minerals to the pure water to improve the taste over many other RO purified waters. This remineralization also raises the water’s pH from slightly acidic to a neutral value.

Installing the system is very straightforward and requires no advanced skills. Once installed, they system does not need maintenance for about for a year until the modular filter need changing. It gets high marks for the pull out and push in filter modules.

The only negative against the Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO filter system is the water wastage. This is a common problem with RO systems that can be overcome by the adding of a permeate pump or taking a look at the Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection RO System which comes complete with the permeate pump.

Overall, this system is highly recommended as a very cost-effective solution that provides great tasting pure water.