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    Low pH and titanium heat exchangers

    I've been toying around with drastically lowering the CSI to try and remove some scale on my pebble finish. With my CH at 390 and rising (danged evaporation... ), It's difficult to get the CSI low enough without having the pH drop below 7. I have a heat pump that currently cannot be fully bypassed. With some help from Poolsean, I've determined that my HP has a titanium heat exchanger. After searching the extensive TFP archives, I came across this:

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    There are two risks to the acid procedure. There can be corrosion of metal parts when the PH is below 7.0. Heat exchange coils in heaters are by far the most sensitive to this. Some heaters have titanium coils that are safe even at low PH, but they seem to be rare as they cost extra and not all manufacturers even offer them. Other parts are generally safe for much longer than the heater, but will eventually be affected.
    I'm a bit reluctant to give it a go, since this is the only mention of titanium being resistant to low pH that I was able to find. Has anyone tried this? Thanks.
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    Re: Low pH and titanium heat exchangers

    Hmmmm, a new heater costs about $1,600.00 (plus installation and profit) and a new P-Tec finish is probably about $7,000.00. I gotta think a new heat exchanger is $700-800 by the time all is said and done. Where do you think having your pool treated by the Calsaway boys would come in?

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    Re: Low pH and titanium heat exchangers

    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    Where do you think having your pool treated by the Calsaway boys would come in?
    Not really worth it for me, since my fill water's not too bad (only about 220 CH and TA). Not really excited to drain out all my CYA, borates, and low-TA water though
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
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    Re: Low pH and titanium heat exchangers

    I hear ya! I'd just personally not be willing to risk the damage of an extended low pH. Be careful!

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