First time poster and new to pools! We bought our home early last spring and inherited an unground 32 x 16 lagoon shaped pool. The heater (Laars?) conked out on us mid summer after giving us a lot of trouble right off the start. We wasted hundreds of dollars trying to fix it.
Anyhow, we tried solar blankets but Canadian summers are hot and miss and so we'd like to get a new heater, leaning towards a N. gas. I don't know much about solar or other heaters - would they be worth a try? Heard the gas heats fastest and might be best for our climate.
The brands I see most often are Hayward and Raypack but others are available. Should I go with an electronic model or manual one? Should I choose one brand over others? Or is there much difference? We are willing to spend a bit more of the brand can give us more years and better reliability and overall cheaper service. I would also like to get a very efficient model.
So, having given some background, what would you folks recommend? Should I bother even considering solar? I am not too keen on the panels as I find them to be an eyesore... also, I have read that initial investment cost is very high.
Thanks in advance for your input!