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Thread: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

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    Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    I need to buy a new heater and was wondering what the consensus was on the best brand. Raypak Digital Low-NOx R407A or a Max-E-Therm?
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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    There is no need for the extra money on the Low-Nox feature.

    Of the two, I prefer the Pentair even though it costs a little more. Both make great units but I have found the Pentair to be a little less likely to have an issue later, is easier to work on, and since it's control panel can be turned during installation to face the desired direction, makes the small delta in price worthwhile.

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    Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    There is no need for the extra money on the Low-Nox feature.

    Of the two, I prefer the Pentair even though it costs a little more. Both make great units but I have found the Pentair to be a little less likely to have an issue later, is easier to work on, and since it's control panel can be turned during installation to face the desired direction, makes the small delta in price worthwhile.

    Scott
    I totally agree with him. Pentair all the way.

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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    Thanks for the info. I live in so cal and as a result i think i'm requiref to buy lo nox. But i'll definitely go pentair.
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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    Yes, according to California Title 20 Compliance for pool heaters, as of 2008 I believe, all new installations must be Low NOx heaters.

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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    I personally like Raypak / Rheem. On the raypak/ rheem models the inlet/outlet of the headers can be switched to the other side just by unscrewing the nuts. Personally the only times I've had one break was due to
    a rodent eating some of the wires on the display board
    customers letting the water go extremely acidic for a very long time (although no heater can really handle this forever)

    Maybe it's just a regional thing but I've never seen a Max-E-Therm in person on a pool. It looks neat, actually looks more like a sand filter.
    Naturally I can't say anything about the Max-E-Therm having never worked on it but I can tell you what I like about the Rheem models

    I like the tall skinny design (compared to hayward)
    you can swap the header side.
    newer models have a UV shield that protects the display board from the sun.
    non-complicated controls, Mode button functions are "on/off/pool temp setting/ spa temp setting/" and then up and down for warmer or colder.
    icons on display to show you if the heater is burning and any error codes (error codes are also posted on the door panel)
    customer service is helpful on the phone
    Union nuts come off an on easily (very UNLIKE haywards which you spend 30 minutes trying to get back on without cross-threading)
    Regardless of what you pick don't go hayward as I was never impressed with their heaters. Everything else they make is pretty cool though.
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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    I have a Hayward 400 and its been fine. Guy at work has a Pentair been nothing but trouble. I think they all have issues, and they all can work trouble free. They all do the same thing with the same basic technology.
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    The Pentair and Sta-Rite heaters are the same except for the skins.

    While Hayward and Ray-Pak/Rheem can have the header set on either side, the Pentair/Sta-Rite have it available on 3 sides.

    The Pentair isn't quite as fussy as the others with fuel supply pressure, especially if the pressure is on the high side.

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    Re: Raypak vs Sta-Rite/Pentair heaters

    One of the nice features on the Sta-Rite heaters is the high impact plastic housing so you do need to worry about corrosion or rusting on the cabinet of the heater.
    Thank You
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