I have finally won pool wars. Chlorine has held overnight and CC is 0.
Time to turn on the heater, right? Not so fast. We live in MN, the home be bought was a short sale. The pump and filter were new but the heater is old.
When I popped the top the heat exchanger tubes were covered with debris and the baffles are rusted to the point they need to be replaced. I vacuumed everything out, including 2 mouse nests, and then moved to the burners.
The burners are all in good shape (SST) but the burner spacer is trashed. There was significant rusted material in the bottom of the unit.
So, right now I am at about $100 in replacement parts (baffle kit and spacer) which I am OK with. I pressurized the unit and it is not leaking.
Can anybody else give me some ideas, given the corrosion problem I clearly had, of what else to check before I commit to these parts? I would like this thing to get me through this season, will likely replace in Spring. Clearing up my swamp was an expensive endeavor (I would term it brutal until I found this site), kids are in camp and jetting all over the country ($$$) so I would love to hold this expense off until early Spring.
I guess what I am asking for is some insight from guys who have been down this path, pitfalls, etc. The voice of experience, ya know?
I have some HVAC background, but don't know specifically what I should be concerned with on a heater like this. BTW, it is a RP2100 with electronic ignition.