Today I opened our inground pool. As soon as I powered up the circulator pump copious amounts of water flowed out from the Aquacal Model 155 heat pump. I removed a number of panels from the unit and discovered there was a vertical crack (maybe 1/20th of an inch wide and 2 inches long) in the base of the heat exchanger. Sigh. I called Aquacal and they said they do not sell parts for the heat exchanger. You need to replace the entire heat exchanger. If I buy it from them the cost is $2831. Thatís American dollars. If I buy it from someone that has an account with them the cost would be less. But thatís still going to be a big chunk of money.
I asked what the base was made from and was told it was probably PVC. I was thinking maybe it was solid gold. PVC is relatively easy to bond to. The problem is getting access to the base to make a repair. I donít want to open the refrigerant lines since I donít have air conditioner tools, refrigerant, etc.
Iím wondering if someone has successfully repaired a crack in the base of one of these units and how you did it. The tech person I spoke to at Aquacal said the base was bonded to main body of the heat exchanger and could not be separated from it. But the base on my unit has a number of hex head bolts which leads me to believe the base could be separated from the body.
Any help or guidance would be much appreciated.