My old Hayward H200 heater circa 2001 got jealous that we were having the liner measured for new yesterday and threw an IF code and possibly a leak
Not sure if puddle of water ( a few feet after several hours) is from a hole in heat exchanger or if violent storm yesterday got water down the flue/stack. The heater is in the pool house, so exchanger more likely.
Powered everything down last night after removing panels and trying to see water source. I don't have a bypass due to tight footprint.
Could the leak itself (or external water) trigger the Ignition Failure code? Eg. wet flame sensor? (Is the flame sensor usually an orange cable that goes down under unit and up into body?) I don't have a voltmeter for step one of dx, so I'll have to get the pool stealer out regardless today, but want to minimize stealer shenanigans.
I've turned the system back on to get some fresh FC generating (swg) before turning it off for a repair visit and am hoping to see if I can notice any new water.
My plan is to make pool guy find a way to create a bypass so that I can buy some time to decide/acquire new heater ultimately, but if its just a seal or something, I'd go for repair.
Is it ever, at 15 years, worth a solder repair if it is a leak in the exchanger? And would I be better off w/new unit than new exchanger in this case?
I don't want to mess with the (very long run) gas line, stack, etc. so I may disband my previous plot to upgrade to a Pentair master temp 400 btu....we heat continually so don't really need fast heat up. Think my line s at least an inch, bu it also feeds gas stove.
But if there's a case to be made for different/better brand of unit, or dx trick, etc., now would be a great time to give me fodder for thought So thanks in advance if you have .02 to offer