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Posted:  4/26/2013 2:30 PM #26001
OTH28
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Sudbury, Ontario
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Subject: Which Pool Heater to Choose?
Hi, new soon to be pool owner. We are putting in a 15x30 above ground pool with salt water. The wife has asked that we put a heater and as is the case in most instances, what the wife asks, the wife gets.

The pool builder sells the 175,000 BTU Pentair Mastertemp.
A friend of mine's company sells the Raypak 206A which is 199,500 BTU.

I've trying to find reviews on both and comparing the info, but being extremely new to this, I'm not sure what to be looking for.

The Raypak can be had for a couple hundred dollars less than the Pentair, but if the Pentair is the better model, I'll stick with the pool guy's suggestion.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



Great little forum here! Bookmarked and will be visited often!

Thanks in advance!




Posted:  4/26/2013 2:32 PM #26002
Rob Cox
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HI

I have experience with both heaters, and I have had better luck with Raypak, and they seem easier to work on. Raypak is also solely a heater manufacturer, Pentair is not, they make lots of different products.

Raypak is owned by Rheem, a respected name.

I would go with raypak, plus it's cheaper - and has more BTU's

Rob
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Posted:  4/26/2013 2:40 PM #26003
OTH28
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Sudbury, Ontario
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Last Post:9/16/2013
Member Since:4/26/2013
Thanks Rob,

I did like the cheaper price :)

Now, how do I calculate if the 200,000 BTU's will be enough for the pool size? I've found a site that has a calculator on it, but it seems like I'm doing a lot of guessing when figuring it out.




Posted:  4/26/2013 2:44 PM #26004
Rob Cox
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HI,

15x30 x 4 ft deep, should be about 13-14 thousand gallons.

That is a pretty small pool, so a 200K should be fine. Larger heaters will heat faster, and use slightly less gas, because they are operating less, but the difference is small.

Using a solar blanket to keep the heat in at night would save lots of money. Especially on cold or windy nights.

Rob
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Posted:  4/26/2013 2:48 PM #26005
OTH28
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Sudbury, Ontario
Total Posts:9
Last Post:9/16/2013
Member Since:4/26/2013
Thanks Rob!

The pool's small, but unfortunately with the kids hockey rink and the shed taking up most of the rest of the yard, it's all we can fit :)



Posted:  4/29/2013 8:18 AM #26009
OTH28
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Sudbury, Ontario
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Last Post:9/16/2013
Member Since:4/26/2013
One other quick question...

Is there anything I should look for/take extra precaution with when installing the heater with a salt water system? Does anything wear prematurely?



Posted:  4/29/2013 8:47 AM #26010
Rob Cox
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Hi

Salt can be corrosive to soft metals, but if kept proper, there won't be any effects. Nickel or Titanium heat exchangers are much more salt resistant, almost salt-proof, but the cost is very high, not worth the cost, in my mind.

More important than salt is keeping the pH from getting too low, and properly installing the chlorinator (on the ground level, as far after the heater as possible). These two things cause more heat exch failures than salt.

Rob
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Posted:  4/29/2013 2:13 PM #26011
OTH28
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Sudbury, Ontario
Total Posts:9
Last Post:9/16/2013
Member Since:4/26/2013
Thanks Rob,

It's too bad you guys aren't closer to deal with. I'd buy everything from you guys!



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