Culligan WH-HD200-C (Fail-Proof Choice) Review of 2022

 Last updated  - January 12th, 2022

If you’re looking for a whole house water filter system, Culligan WH-HD200-C may be the product for you. These are not just for your home either. They can be installed in your RV and most places a water line goes.

This guide will show you the pros and cons of this filter. We spoke with consumers, read reviews, went through installation manuals, and discovered hacks to get this filtration set up effectively and ready to go.

You may need to invest in some small parts for the setup, but nothing will rob the bank. Here’s what you need to know about using this great filter.

Special Features – Culligan WH-HD200-C 

Culligan WH-HD200-C features

This WH-HD model is a perfect whole house water filter system for small-to-large households. Additionally, this heavy-duty system protects your appliances from sediment and scale build-up, allowing water to flow through your faucets freely and prevent backups.

Those who have other filtration systems in their home will benefit from the Culligan HD200 C filter, too, because it stretches the life of your cartridges. Think of this as an investment in your health and the health of your kitchen appliances.

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Attractive Features Details
Type of Water Filter It’s a water filtration system for whole house use. This Culligan WH-HD200-C product can provide your filtering needs at home.
Easy View feature You can have an easy look as it filters your water. Confirm whether it is indeed time for a filter change or you can delay a bit more. Get to monitor water quality in real-time.
Durable Culligan’s WH-HD200-C filtration system is heavy-duty. It uses a 1 stainless steel reinforced inlet/outlet system. Its pressure rating is 125 psi.

Included in Package

Every purchase includes:

  • Filtering unit (housing)
  • Mounting accessories
  • Filter life indicator
  • Filter life indicator holder
  • Housing wrench
  • Filter head with O-ring
  • Mounting bracket and screws
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Built-in shut-off and bypass.

Installation fittings and Teflon tape are not included in this unit. If you need to install a galvanized pipe, you will need galvanized fittings to install this product.

Replacement Filters

Culligan RFC-BBSA 25 Micron Whole House Water...
Culligan R50-BBSA 5 Micro 10" x 4.5" Whole House...
Culligan CW25-BBS Whole-Houlse Water Filter...
Culligan CP5-BBS Whole-House Heavy Duty Premium...
Culligan CW5-BBS Whole-House Heavy Duty Water...
Culligan RFC-BBSA 25 Micron Whole House Water...
Culligan R50-BBSA 5 Micro 10" x 4.5" Whole House...
Culligan CW25-BBS Whole-Houlse Water Filter...
Culligan CP5-BBS Whole House Heavy Duty Premium...
Culligan CW5-BBS Whole House Heavy Duty Water...
Micron rating
25
50
25
5
5
Removes:
Aesthetic Chlorine taste and odor; Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Bad taste & odor; Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment
Sand; Coarse Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment
Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Recommended for well water:
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Flow rate:
3 GPM
3 GPM
8 GPM
5 GPM
8 GPM
Filter life:
6 months or 10,000 gallons
6 months or 24,000 gallons
5 months or 20,000 gallons
3 months or 12,000 gallons
4 months or 16,000 gallons
Material:
Pleated polyester
Granular activated carbon
Wound polypropylene
Pleated cellulose
Wound polypropylene
Culligan RFC-BBSA 25 Micron Whole House Water...
Culligan RFC-BBSA 25 Micron Whole House Water...
Micron rating
25
Removes:
Aesthetic Chlorine taste and odor; Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Recommended for well water:
Yes
Flow rate:
3 GPM
Filter life:
6 months or 10,000 gallons
Material:
Pleated polyester
Culligan R50-BBSA 5 Micro 10" x 4.5" Whole House...
Culligan R50-BBSA 5 Micro 10" x 4.5" Whole House...
Micron rating
50
Removes:
Bad taste & odor; Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment
Recommended for well water:
Yes
Flow rate:
3 GPM
Filter life:
6 months or 24,000 gallons
Material:
Granular activated carbon
Culligan CW25-BBS Whole-Houlse Water Filter...
Culligan CW25-BBS Whole-Houlse Water Filter...
Micron rating
25
Removes:
Sand; Coarse Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment
Recommended for well water:
Yes
Flow rate:
8 GPM
Filter life:
5 months or 20,000 gallons
Material:
Wound polypropylene
Culligan CP5-BBS Whole-House Heavy Duty Premium...
Culligan CP5-BBS Whole House Heavy Duty Premium...
Micron rating
5
Removes:
Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Recommended for well water:
-
Flow rate:
5 GPM
Filter life:
3 months or 12,000 gallons
Material:
Pleated cellulose
Culligan CW5-BBS Whole-House Heavy Duty Water...
Culligan CW5-BBS Whole House Heavy Duty Water...
Micron rating
5
Removes:
Sand; Coarse Sand; Fine Sand; Extra Fine Sand; Rust; Dirt; Scale; Sediment; Silt
Recommended for well water:
Yes
Flow rate:
8 GPM
Filter life:
4 months or 16,000 gallons
Material:
Wound polypropylene

All of these replacement filters are suitable for use with WH-HD200-C. Remember that the filter life may vary according to usage and water conditions. However, the unit comes with a filter life indicator that tells you when to change it. If you notice a lag or drop in water pressure, that is also a sign to check the indicator.

How do you know which filter rating to opt for? The smaller the micron rating, the better it is at filtering smaller particles. For example, if you have high-flowing or well-water systems, the Culligan’s R50-BBSA is a level 1 filter that works well for this setup, whereas the level 4 CP5-BBS is not recommended for households with wells.

Setup the Unit

You only need a few tools to install the Culligan:

  • Pipe cutter or hacksaw
  • 2 adjustable wrenches
  • File
  • Pencil

Installation Steps

whole house water filter install

Step 1: Choose a location that has 1.5 to 2 inches of clearance below the housing. This will make filter changes much easier. Many agree that the best place to install this system is where the water goes into the house. It is not recommended to install this in a hot water line.

Step 2: Place the filter after your house water meter or pressure tank.

Step 3: Cut your home’s main water supply. Turn on one of your faucets to drain pipes. Apply a 6 Teflon® tape in a clockwise motion to the pipe threads of all adapters.

Step 4: Assemble all fittings—place adapters into the WH-HD200-C filter head. Twist to secure, then use a wrench for a proper tightening.

Detailed Instructions

whole house water filter features

Measure the total length of your unit with the adapters attached. Reduce the measurement just enough to give space for the pipe to connect to the adapters. This measurement determines how much pipe to cut off. Put pencil marks on the section of the pipe to remove.

  1. Use a pipe cutter to remove the marked section. File the edges on the cut pipe.
  2. Slip the ferrule and the brass compression nut on each end of the pipe.
install whole house water filter

Align the Culligan WH-HD200-C filter assembly with the ends of both pipes. Make sure your water flows in the same direction as the arrow marks on your filter head. Spread the ends of the pipe apart to install the WH-HD200-C filter assembly. Using a pair of adjustable wrenches, hold the incoming WH-HD200-C fitting securely with one wrench, and use the second to tighten the nut. Repeat the process for the outgoing fitting.

aligning Culligan filter with the ends of both pipes

Check that the filter housing is tightened properly. Adjust using the housing wrench that comes with the package. Turn the bypass valve to FILTER mode using the housing wrench. Turn on your home’s main water supply. Slowly press the WH-HD200-C red pressure-relief button (on top) to release any trapped air.

tightening the WH-HD200-C filter housing

Open one faucet and flush the Culligan filter cartridge for 5 minutes. Reset the WH-HD200-C filter life indicator by holding the reset button down for two seconds. When the light turns green, it’s ready for use.

Reminders About Installing

  • After the set-up, prime the bypass valve first before turning the water back on. Do this by turning the Culligan filter unit bypass dial back and forth 10-12 times by using the handle of the housing wrench. This undoes any possible freezing of the unit that happens either during assembly or while in transport across different climates.
  • Install a jumper wire if you use the pipes to ground electrical systems, phones, and appliances.
  • If you decide to use an optional mounting bracket, attach it to the wall with mounting screws for stability.
Attach Culligan water filter to the wall with mounting screws

Solve Leaking Problems

For Leaks Between the Filter Dead and Housing:

  • Turn off your home’s main water supply.
  • Press down the WH-HD200-C red pressure-relief button.
  • Take off the bottom of the WH-HD200-C housing.
  • Clean the WH-HD200-C O-Ring and the O-Ring groove. These are located directly beneath the housing threads.
  • Oil the Culligan housing O-ring with clean silicone grease.
  • Replace the O-ring into the groove.
  • Screw the housing back into the filter head. Remember to hand-tighten. Do not overdo it.

For Leaks That Come Out From Inlet or Outlet Connections:

  • Turn off your home’s main water supply.
  • For your unit’s brass fittings, tighten the nut well. Do about a half turn with a wrench.
  • Restore your home’s main water supply.

If these measures don’t stop the leaking or if leaks come from other places, contact customer support.

Replacing the Battery

The filter indicator light is powered by a battery and needs to be replaced at least once a year to keep accurate time. Here are the steps:

  • First, use a small screwdriver on the base of the indicator holder to remove it from the housing.
  • Second, use the screwdriver on the bottom flat side of the filter life indicator. Lightly pry it open. Remove the timer base from the cap.
  • Remove the Culligan housing circuit board. Slide the old battery out of the holder and replace it with a new CR2032 battery.
  • Align and place the circuit board back into the housing.
  • Next, align the base can cap. Snap them back together. Place the indicator back into the housing.
  • Finally, reset the Culligan WH-HD200-C unit filter life indicator. This will restart the timer and the light will flash green. A red flash in 90 days reminds you that it is time for a filter change.

Replacing the Filter Cartridge

When the filter life indicator flashes red, it is time for a filter change. Here are the steps:

  • Turn off your home’s main water supply.
  • Open a faucet to drain the pipes and release pressure.
  • Note that for Culligan filters with a bypass valve, you may omit step one. Just turn the bypass valve to the OFF position, as shown below.
replace water filter cartridge

Unscrew the housing using the housing wrench (shown below). Keep turning the housing until it comes off, and be sure to have a ready vessel to catch any excess liquid.

Unscrew the housing of WH-HD200-C

Remove the O-Ring from the groove (as shown below). Wipe it clean and set it aside.

remove the O-Ring from the water filter groove
  • Discard the used cartridge. Rinse the housing, then fill it 1/3 of the way up. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of bleach. Scrub the housing with a non-abrasive brush or cleaning sponge. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Lubricate the O-Ring with food-grade, clean, clear silicone grease. Then re-insert it into the groove and gently push it in place.
water filter maintenance
  • Insert the new filter cartridge inside of the housing. Screw the housing back into the cap until tight. Use the housing wrench and adjust for final and appropriate tightness. Make sure that the standpipe and the filter head slip into the cartridge.
  • Slowly turn the Culligan WH-HD200-C bypass valve to the FILTER mark. You’ll see water filling the Culligan’s housing unit.
  • Slowly press the red pressure-relief button so trapped air can come out.
  • Check for leaks.
  • Reset the WH-HD200-C filter life indicator button with a two-second press.
water house water filter life indicator button
  • If you followed step one, turn the main water supply back on first, then turn the faucet on. Flush filter cartridge for 5 minutes before regular use.
  • Your WH-HD200-C is now ready to filter.

Warranty Coverage

Culligan offers a two-year manufacturer warranty on the housing of their filters. Keep in mind, though, that this is void where any part of the unit has been tampered with, altered, or improperly used, and that there is no coverage against freezing. The company doesn’t cover defects and deterioration due to unintended use as well. Additionally, they do not cover damages due to shipping or transit. Customers must make claims with the carrier on these matters.

The Culligan filter warranty also voids when the unit is serviced by repair companies not approved by Culligan. You can find approved repair companies in your area by contacting Culligan.

Finally, Disposable filter cartridges don’t have a warranty either since life expectancy changes depending on water type.

For more information and help, you may refer to the product manual.

Conclusion

Every time you turn on the faucet, you want clean, clear, quality water you can use for hygiene, cooking, and drinking. With the Culligan WH-HD200-C whole house filtration system, you can do all that while keeping your plumbing clean, too. It delivers safe, great-tasting water and helps preserve the condition of your home appliances, making the Culligan whole house water filtration system a perfect choice for those that need help with hard water issues or that have RVs.