We are getting ready to replace our 400K BTU natural gas heater and are looking for some updated recommendations on brands/models. We are in Houston, TX, and heat the spa regularly, but the full pool probably only a couple times/year. I’ve read many of the postings here and there seems to be a lot of support for Raypak/Rheem and much distaste for Hayward. How about Jandy or Pentair? I was intrigued by the Lochinvar another poster recommended, but I’m not sure it has the value for the money for me.
I’m also curious about the wide range of prices online for a given model. For one Pentair MasterTemp it ranged from $1689-$2289?!
What are some of the risks or other things to be aware of if ordering online? We haven’t had a regular pool company for over a year so I’ll be on the hunt for someone to do the installation. Having had so much bad luck with pool companies this part makes me very nervous! The local ‘big box’ pool stores like Leslie’s are willing to offer deals, but they quoted $2429 for the same heater above (though with free installation).
Thoughts on any other pertinent points I might be missing are also welcomed!