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Thread: Low speed (2 speed Tristar) enough flow for heater?

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    Low speed (2 speed Tristar) enough flow for heater?

    Does anyone know if a 2 speed 2hp Hayward Tristar pump will typically have enough water flow to operate the Hayward H-Series Universal Lo Nox Heater? This system has 2.5" PVC suction/return with about 50 foot run to pool. On low speed the Hayward Nav actually works. If the heater does not come on in low speed, can we adjust the Pressure Switch in the heater until it comes on? The pool and equipment are level. I understand that Hayward improved the flow through the Heat Exchanger, so I'm wondering then if a greater gpm is now required to create enough back pressure for the Pressure Switch. Any help here?
    POOL SPECS - 18' round AG pool Doughboy pool with 5'8" deep-end, Aqua Trol Salt Water Generator, 1HP Doughboy pump, Doughboy sand filter, Solar Dome cover and a 40'x4' solar heater. Located in Oregon with swimming season from end of May through September. I pull the pump & SWG during winter months. Solar Dome minimizes FC loss & keeps heat in & debris out. Btw - Solar Dome lasted about 6 years before plastic started shredding.

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    May 2007
    South Central NJ

    Re: Low speed (2 speed Tristar) enough flow for heater?

    Low speed, even if it's enough when new, after the filter starts offering some additional resistance, will likely cause premature backwashing if the heater isn't satisfied. Its what most think. Low speed may not even absorb as much of the heater's ability as a somewhat higher flow. Setting the flow switch to a softer setting is dangerous, can cause boiling water, pressure from gas and generally speaking, bad things happen. Please don't. Consider a multi-speed pump.

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