Great choice you're making. I don't think I've ever seen @swamprat69 and @Pool Clown recommend to give up on the same heater. In fact, it's rare that either of them say that.
Experts on here recommend Raypak a lot. The more I learned about heaters, it looks like they're all very similar. There are some very expensive models that are a little more efficient but I don't think they'd ever pay out at current gas prices. I have a Jandy right now but I'd probably switch to a Pentair brand just because I'm a little biased toward them. If I were you I'd just look for the best sale prices. Barring another flood your heater should last a very long time with only minor repairs and good water balance. I've abused the heck out of mine and see no impending reasons it won't last another 5+ years. With experts like we have here I'm sure I can keep it running quite a while longer.
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Good luck and please to keep us posted on your selection.
Yep, the bonding wire is on the right side and connected. Have a minor leak in the pvc pipe so using Flex Seal, which is the best info-mercial item out there.Andrew,
Great choice and nice job. A couple items to check that I can't see are:
I hope the heater serves you well for many years!
- make sure you bubble check all gas connections for leaks.
- have a dirt trap in the gas line as close as practical to the heater.
- be sure to re-connect the bonding wire.
I checked and it looks like the gas was shut off down at the line. I’ve since turned it on and waited a few minutes. Still hasn’t lit.I don't hear the gas valve relay click open. Does that happen before the video? If it does, check the gas supply all the way back to the meter. Any valves unintentionally closed?
Are you talking about the 1/4 turn ball valve with the red handle in the photo or one further down that is not shown. If it's the one in the photo it can be purged by many start cycles (and I do mean many as indicated by others). If it's way down the line closer to the meter you will need to have the line purged. This should only be performed by an experienced gas plumber.I checked and it looks like the gas was shut off down at the line.