Hi! I'm new here! I'm learning a ton already but could use some advice on this one. I bought a short sale in Phoenix that has an inground, plaster, play pool with attached spa. It looks old... early 90s maybe, built by Paddock, I believe. It has a Raypak propane heater and 4'x2' propane tank with no gauge or cert. label. This is my third pool but first experience with a heater.
I'm feeling a little ripped off by the local pool supply store repairman ($180/hour???) and underwhelmed by the knowledge level (and response times) of the self-employed "pool guy" the seller's used. I just want someone to tell me how to see if the heater works. If it does, I only want to heat the spa, to see how expensive it is gas-wise before committing to much more. The heater does have a pool/spa switch and temp dials but I don't see how to fire it up. I don't know if the propane tank has gas and the truck won't fill it without me bringing it in for certification. Someone suggested I hook it up to a full BBQ-sized tank just for diagnosing the heater but I'm a little afraid to mess with the gas since I have no idea what I'm doing.
Can anyone recommend someone to call to come troubleshoot this system?