New gas heater for spa

richardkwall

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Sep 22, 2016
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Temecula, CA
I'm in So Calif and have a 20 yr old in ground salt pool/spa. Equipment is Pentair pool pilot/soft touch and a 400k MiniMax NT heater.
Would like to replace the gas heater with something smaller since I only heat the 500 gal spa.
Looks like a Pentair 125k heater is about $1500 and 250k about $2400.
What would be a less expensive (but reliable) option for a 125k or 250k gas heater that can work with my pool pilot/soft touch connection?

Thx
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Welcome to TFP.

I don't think Pentair makes a pool pilot. Is this what you have....


The 150K heater will take three times as long to heat your spa as your current 400K heater.

The 250K heater will take about twice as long to heat your spa as your current 400K heater.

You need to decide if the one time cost difference is worth the wait times for the spa to heat up.

Any of those heaters will work with the same connection as your MiniMax heater.
 
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richardkwall

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Sep 22, 2016
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Temecula, CA
Welcome to TFP.

I don;t think Pentair makes a pool pilot. Is this what you have....


The 150K heater will take three times as long to heat your spa as your current 400K heater.

The 250K heater will take about twice as long to heat your spa as your current 400K heater.

You need to decide if the one time cost difference is worth the wait times for the spa to heat up.

Any of those heaters will work with the same connection as your MiniMax heater.
Thanks for ur reply.
If I stay with another 400k heater, do you recommend a less expensive (but reliable) heater other than Pentair's $3,000 (400k) heater?
I got a friend who works for Zodiac pools and he said family pricing is around $2100 for a 400k, but I don't know how good or bad Zodiac heaters are.
Thx.
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
You can consider a Raypak 406A heater.

A Jandy (Zodiac) heater is ok. Jandy is not very DIY friendly or dealing with owner maintenance.
 
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Pool Size
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Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Isn't that a Hayward model #?

Yeah, good catch. I meant 406A. Must have been replying to too many Hayward heater threads that day.
 
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