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    Pool heaters

    Any of you characters know about these things? A cousin wants to have one installed on her 26,000 gallon in ground pool. Last house they had a Hayward. This place they got bids for that and Raypack. Looking at an online sizing chart, looks like about 300K input for her size. Any words of advice?

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    I personally am a big fan of raypak,easy to work on and fairly easy to find parts for.

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    Contact me and I'll put you in contact with the owner personally of a very good pool outfit company that ships all over the States if you want. He also sells all brands.
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    Keep the chlorine away from the boiler, as in not even in the same structure.

    There is something with the chlorine fumes and combustion that causes a 2yr old boiler to look like a 20yr old boiler.

    It eats up everything inside.

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    go solar

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    raypak. and can't store pool chemical inside the same bldg. it'll eat everything metal on it. and pool heater is money sucker...they run constantly or yea go solar.
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    Suggest solar backed up with a heat pump with titanium hx if you can't get enough roof area you need.

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    Larger has never really hurt anything. Most pool heaters are so inefficent that the short run time wont hurt. 8 - 10 years is typical life span. I like the Hayward product, havn't worked on much raypack pool heaters.

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    used to take care of alot of school and comm pool heaters. if its outdoors go straight solar it will give up to 3 months extended pool use with nothing other than panels

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    ot are any units made in indy anymore?

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    I have a Hayward H250 for 7 seasons, only thing I've had to do was replace a gas valve (which I was able to X-ref and bought at wholesaler).

    The thing costs a mint to run however, If they can get away with a smaller unit I'd definitely consider a heat pump.

    Warning...thread drift. I'd love to use my AC to heat my pool. I know it isn't going to happen.

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    Looking at an online sizing chart, looks like about 300K input for her size.


    It must cost far more to heat a pool than a house. Solar must have a decent roi.
    General public's attitude towards our energy predicament: "I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"

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    @coolwine you could do it with a water source heat pump and an isolation heat exchanger so the wshp doesn't see chlorine water or a residential scale unit from dectron. The problem is a pool heating load may be lower than your condenser heat rejection, so you'll need an alternate heat sink either on the pool or the clean condenser loop. You could run a small cooling tower like a marley aqua tower on pool water since the water quality requirements can be made compatible (low acid high TDS/salt pool). It would also justify a waterfall for the pool since that would essentially be a splash fill cooling tower without a fan.

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