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    Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Still looking for new heater. Any advise regards Raypak Heaters ?
    10000 Gal Gunite with water fall
    250000 Teledyne Lite 2 Heater presently
    PentairWisper-flow pumps for pool 2hp and waterfall 1hp
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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Welcome to TFP if I haven't said so already.

    Raypak consistently gets the best reviews, and recommendations from the Pool Pros around here. These seem to be number one, with Pentair at near equal or close second time and again. I'm on my third season with my RP, and like it a lot. It's actually a Rheem, but these are one in the same now for at least a few years. Good luck on your selection!
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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    +1 that Raypak heaters are the most recommended heaters on TFP.
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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    I have the RayPak heat pump. It lasted about 6 years then the refrigerant leaked out. I housing shows signs of slight rust. it held up very well I think. But I'm not going to try and repair it (I'm in FL and pool heater isn't really needed). I would buy another Raypak if I needed a heater.

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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    I have the big raypak gas 400k btu , just replace it last year . My old raypak was bought in 1998 !!!!
    It would have lasted but i did not replace a leaking sensor and it rusted out my burner tray.
    I love the new heater and i think raypak is the way to go.
    Some of my friends bougth other brands and have had a lot of trouble right off the bat.
    My old raypak gave me 10 trouble free years, before i replaced anything.
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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Yup. Love my Raypak!

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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    I just replaced my RAYPAK 400K heater. It lasted only 5 years before the bottom rusted out. The control panel stopped showing up (a couple of digits stopped showing up). It also would not light - suspect the igniter stopped working because I have had to manually ignite it with a lighter everytime I tried to fire it up. Finally, it stopped completely last August, 2015. Was going to cost me over $800 to fix it so...I just bought a Hayward 265K and I installed it last week. It works very good so far, but it is early...
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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Best purchase I have made yet in the 3 years we have had a pool is replacing the expired 265K heater with a Raypak 400K heater.

    To jump up to a 400k heater we had to upgrade the gas line to the house and pool at an added cost, but we offset the cost by buying the heater directly on the internet (losing warranty). One year in and we are very happy with this purchase. The pool heats much faster than with the previous heater and actually saves us money on gas because the heater doesn't have to run as long to get up to temperature. If we can get through the 2017 pool season without issues the warranty bet will have worked in our favor.
    16'x32' 14k Vinyl IG built in 1997, Marathon imPower 1.25 2 speed pump, Hayward S220T sand filter, Raypak 400k, Circupool Si-45+, FloVis Flow Meter, TF-100 Test Kit w/ SpeedStir.

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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Interested in this as well. I don't know jack about heaters, but we are investigating heaters right now, as we'd like to extend our season. We had a PB give a quote on installing a Raypak P-R266A heater with an LP tank option (no gas lines in the back corner of our lot, so a 100 lb propane tank will have to suffice unless we move our pad).
    2016 total pool rebuild thread: here. Pool: 26,000 gal IG vinyl liner (20'x40') in Madison, WI. Gear: ​Superflo VS, Triton TR-60 filter, 2" hi-flow MPV, & Raypak 266A heater. Testing: Taylor K-2006C. Manual chems: 12.5% NaClO liquid, granular CYA, baking soda, 31.25% muriatic acid.

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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    I had the same recommendations (266k) from all the PBs in my area as well. I'm in MN so same climate as you (but weaker placekicking). They thought it was overkill to go with a 400k heater. It has only been a year now but my wife is in love with the upgrade from the 266k we had inherited. Well worth bucking the PBs on this one. Verdict is still out on my Circupool purchase however now that my model has been seemingly discontinued...
    16'x32' 14k Vinyl IG built in 1997, Marathon imPower 1.25 2 speed pump, Hayward S220T sand filter, Raypak 400k, Circupool Si-45+, FloVis Flow Meter, TF-100 Test Kit w/ SpeedStir.

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    Re: Thoughts on Raypak Heaters

    Quote Originally Posted by texflood View Post
    I'm in MN so same climate as you (but weaker placekicking).
    It's been a long day, I needed that! Thanks!

    Coming off my first season with Raypak, i decided to test it and it fired right up. I only ran it for a few minutes since it's way to cold yet, but it started strong - much like the, ah nevermind
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