Heater Recommendation But Retain Automation through Jandy

Apr 20, 2012
8
Tampa, FL
#1
So I have a full Jandy automation setup. My Jandy Lite 2 (400,000 BTU) heater is at end of life, full of rust and now it isn't working. I want to replace it with something that is a built better and will not rust and also stay around the 400,000BTU range. I also want to retain the automation aspects of the current setup. Can I use any brand heater? What is the best rated heater these days? Any recommendations are welcomed.
 

ps0303

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Jul 6, 2011
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#2
All heaters will work with your automation system. Raypak/Rheem is a good unit and would be my recommendation. I sell and install them in Tampa.
 

PoolGate

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#3
I would go with the a Jandy heater. You can get the JXi series for around $2k. Yes, any heater will work with the automation, but if it is Jandy, you will connect via 4 wire interface and get better control of the heater. That's how mine is setup. I get 1-2 degrees/hour rise on my 29k gallon pool with the 400k btu JXi.
 
Apr 20, 2012
8
Tampa, FL
#4
I inspected my current wiring setup. I have power and then just two wires are connected to other wires on the existing heater. As it applies to 'more functionality' what is that? Does it require a certain level/version of the automation? Mine was installed in 2007.
 

pooldv

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Aug 10, 2012
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#5
All of the heater pros on TFP recommend Raypak gas heaters. Your heater is connected via fireman switch which is the same way a new Raypak heater would connect. It is basically just an on/off switch.

If I lived in Tampa would definitely get my gas heater from Paul! :)
 

pooldv

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#8
Raypak is a simpler heater with less stuff to break. And the pros servicing them consistently say they receive less service calls for Raypak heaters than they do for other heaters.
 

ps0303

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#10
What is the best online store to purchase a Raypak from? New to buying pool equipment.
Raypak for will not cover any warranty repairs if you purchase online. In fact most manufacturers will not cover any warranty if purchased online.