I have been researching the Jandy aqualink RS-P4 system and had decided to price one with the PB (I will be installing it) until I read this thread:
I then did some research looking to see what could cause this type of random problem and found Jandy part #6908. This is listed as a surge protection kit and sells for almost as much as the RS-P4 and doubles the warranty on the aqualink system from 1-2 years but it is not listed in any of the aqualink installation manuals, except under warranty information!! It is only listed as an accessory. This makes me uneasy for several reasons...
is the aqualink system more susceptible to surges than competing systems which don't have "surge suppressor" add on's?
Why is it so expensive?
Do aqualink installers routinely install these or only in places with severe and frequent thunderstorms?
Can you buy the Jandy extended warranty without one of these installed?
Is an extended warranty a good idea?
By way of background, I am a Ham radio operator and have a excellent power ground and RF ground at my house. I have equipment which is very sensitive to RFI and voltage surges which are almost always the result of nearby lightning strikes (nothing will save you from a direct strike) and have had no problems. My PB deals only with Jandy and has never done a automation install....I did ask him about this and he had a Jandy rep call me, but the rep. could not answer my ?'s and was going to have a engineer call me back...no one called and I am meeting with the PB tomorrow to finalize the build. I really like the internet access of this system and am hoping that people with the RS system or better yet some RS installers can tell me that the system is robust and when properly installed, with good grounding, the 6908 is not necessary.
If not, how is the Hayward comparable system with internet access?
Thanks so much for any and all help!