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    Hayward H400 Heater Control Problem

    I recently bought a house that has a Hayward H400 IDPL2 LP gas heater. The problem I need troubleshooting is that the heater fires up fine, the display shows the current temp., no error codes but I can't increase, decrease or change modes. Basically, the control buttons are inop. At first I thought I'd order a new keypad but before doing so decided to dig in a little deeper. I remove the keypad, cleaned carefully and inspected the wiring ribbon. Looks good. The buttons aren't weather baked and when pushed they feel crisp like the contacts are working. I then remove the display board from the back of the keypad and inspected for fryed lookin areas, looks good. The main control board looks good and all the wiring checks out.

    So the big question I have is, do I replace the keypad ($185), or the display board ($200) or the main control board ($165) first to see if that fixes the problem. I hate the 'spend till it's fixed' method so any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Hayward H400 Heater Control Problem

    And you do not have an automation system tied into the unit? The unit doesn't display show the letters "bo"? If both answers are no, then you need to start the hunt for the issue. One thing you could do is pull the display board and look for signs of visible problems like burned spots. If you do find a burned spot, there are threads here about this, then the board is shot and it needs to be replaced. Now keep in mind that if the display board is shot it could have taken out the keypad. I see this happen so many times. So buy both parts in this case.

    A word of caution: When working with gas and electrical you might want to consider a licensed contractor. Consider the value of your life and others around you.

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