Swimming pool and spas are only enjoyable when the water in it is at perfect temperature. If the water is too cold then you wouldn’t prefer to take a dip. Under such circumstances installing an effective heating system is advisable if you want to enjoy your pool not only on sunny days but around the clock. Pool heating allows you to extend your swimming season to let you enjoy your pool whole year round. Without pool heating systems one can swim only during summer season when the pool temperature is favourable. But with heating systems you can enjoy your pool anytime.
How to choose, what type of pool heating systems depends on the many factors such as type and size of the pool, the existing residential heating system, how often you wish to swim, and at which temperature. In this article we will be reviewing upon one such heater that is Raypak 266,000 BTU digital electric ignition natural gas pool heater. We will be looking at the products features, functions and overall performance to determine whether or not its an ideal device to consider when you think of buying a pool heater.
|Product Depth||28 inches|
|Product Height||38 inches|
|Product Width||23 inches|
|Product Weight||216 lb|
|Fuel Type||Natural Gas|
|Pool Type||In Ground|
|Pool size||Large to medium|
|Pool Gallons (approx)||25000|
|Product Type||Pool Heater|
|Ignition Type||Continuous Spark|
|Complies with most NOx requirements||Yes|
|Non-corrosive heater design||Yes|
|Installation||Set of 2" slip fit CPVC water connections|
|Unitherm Governor||Helps reduce condensation from low inlet water temperatures|
|Polymer resin headers||Prevent rust stains from harming the pools surface|
|Buit-in bypass system||Present|
|Pool type||Swimming pools or spa|
|Remote Compatible||Compatible with most major pool control and remote systems present in the market|
|Price range||Under 5000$|
POOL TYPE – Raypak Digital natural gas pool heater is designed to keep your pool and spa at the desired temperature for your enjoyment. As the pool heater is 266,000 BTU its best suited for large sized pools. But it can also be used in regular or medium sized pools. The heater can be used in chlorinated and saltwater pools which is a bonus. Apart from that Raypak digital natural gas pool heater can pretty much be used in all types of pools and spas without encountering any difficulties.
INSTALLATION – Installing the Raypak digital natural gas pool heater is totally an easy task as it is basically a plug and play type. The instructions are quite clear and makes the whole installation process a lot more convenient. All the parts necessary for installation are included with the package and no additional tools are required. A set of 2″ slip fit CPVC water connections that is standard with every Raypak Digital is provided to make your installation secure and effortless. If you are already into fixing things and DIY then installing the heater is like a breeze. Other than that, you can call for a professional help. Professionals help in installing the heater and also will check for leaks if any.
HEATER BODY DESIGN – Raypak Digital natural gas pool heater is designed to be a modern pool heater to cater to today’s modernized pools and spas. The heaters external body is made to look sleek and stylish and is built to withstand different kinds of weather conditions. The heater is corrosion resistant and compatible with chlorinated and saltwater pool systems. The corrosion resistant cabinet is made of galvanized metal and the whole body of the heater is made of advanced-engineered materials for year-round heating. This strong design of Raypak pool heater makes it a very durable and long-lasting pool heater.
OVERALL HEATER DESIGN – Raypak Digital natural gas pool heater is built to last inside and out. The look of the heater is contemporary and the design is quite advanced in order to make Raypak digital look unique from the rest. The forest green and charcoal gray panels looks attractive and is well-suited to the latest pool and spa equipment designs. The unique ‘pagoda design’ that is an original of Raypak keeps the heater operating and running even in extreme wind and climate condition.
POLYTUFF POWDER COATING – An interesting trait of Raypak Digital pool heater that it consists of a polyester coated, non-corrosive cabinet. Raypak’s polyester coated cabinet is more durable and long-lasting than those solvent borne and waterborne coated metal cabinets that rust and corrodes faster. Every piece of sheet metal of Raypak’s cabinet that gets powder coated undergoes a 7-stage wash system. This ensures that the powder paint has a perfect bond with the powder coating. The result is a strong galvanized metal that offers rust prevention and years of durable service. The polytuff powder coating offers a tough and strong layer of protection to the metal cabinet which increases the durability and efficiency of the pool heater.
POLYMER RESIN HEADERS – All of the Raypak digital heaters are made be using state-of-the-art engineering technique. And Raypak uses this latest engineering technique for their header design. The engineering department makes use of the latest in 3-D computer aided design to engineer the header to optimize the heaters performance. The polymer resin headers of Raypak digital prevent rust stains from harming your pools surface and interrupt your pool time. It instead offers you years of trouble-free swimming pleasure.
STAINLESS STEEL TUBE SHEEET– All the materials and coating are done to make Raypak Digital completely rust-proof and to last longer. Stainless steel tube sheets are used on all Raypak Digital heaters that use the polymer resin headers. Stainless steel tube sheet is rust-free and allows for a completely nonferrous waterway leaving your pool.
HIGHEST WATER FLOW RATES – Another interesting to note about Raypak Digital is that it delivers the highest water flow rates in the industry that is up to 125 gallons per minute. This flow rate even exceeds the maximum recommended for 2″ plumbing systems. Moreover, there’s no need to worry about large pump or high flow systems as Raypak Digital comes with an automatic bypass built into the header that allows for more hot water to move through in a much faster way. Water heats up more rapidly and gets travels through the unit smoothly and efficiently.
MICROPROCESSOR CONTROLLED THERMOSTAT – The Raypak digital gas pool heater comes with microprocessor-based thermostat control in order to allow you to control and set your pool or spa temperature to your favourite setting. The control precisely sets the temperature according to your preferences. You can control the settings just by pressing an up or down temperature control button. The process becomes easy as the digital display gives you a constant read of your pool water temperature. All you have to do is just set it and enjoy your pool time. Rest the heater will handle.
BUILT-IN WIND RESISTANCT DESIGN – The Raypak Digital has the best outdoor design in the market today as it was designed for outdoor installations with its exclusive low-profile design. Raypak has put in its 50 years of engineering and designing experience into its latest heater design. There’s no need of fans to combat drafting problems as the heater actually protects itself from falling leaves, wind, debris, rain, snow, etc. Raypak digital has been thoughtfully and carefully design to ensure uninterrupted heating performance regardless the outside weather conditions.
COPPER FIN TUBE HEAT EXCHANGER – An integral copper finned tube comes standard with all Raypak Digital pool heaters. Every Raypak digital pool heaters consists of the same tough design tube bundle. The fin tubing is made from one piece of extruded copper tube. Maximum heat transfer is attained since the fins are integral to the tube. Copper fin tube heat exchanger makes sure that maximum heat transfer takes place steadily and that it elevates the pool’s water temperature to the desired level within few minutes.
UNITHERM GOVERNOR – Another thing standard with all Raypak Digital models is Raypak’s Unitherm Governor. The Unitherm Governor automatically regulates the water flow to help keep the water temperature in the heat exchanger above 105 Degree F. The Unitherm Governor helps reduce condensation from low inlet water temperatures. Condensation, sooting, and scale build-up can shorten the heaters life therefore, Unitherm Governor controls both water temperature and water flow rates in order to eliminate condensation.
BURNER TRAY – Each and every part of Raypak Digital pool heaters are made to provide high performance and can also be easily maintained. The same thing goes for Raypak’s Digital burner tray. The burner tray in Raypak Digital pool heater is built to last. In case that anything that should happen to the burner the good thing is that they can be easily replaced or serviced. The steel burners and the aluminized metal used in the heat sensitive areas are all easily replaceable.
FUEL EFFICIENT – Raypak Digital heaters are energy efficient and consistently achieve the highest efficiency ratings. They exceed all federal and state standards. They heaters are environment friendly and keeps fuel consumption in check.
REMOTE CONTROL – Raypak Digital pool heater is compatible with most major pool control and remote systems available on the market today. Raypak Digital can be connected to any two-wire or three-wire remote and can be unified into the pool control system of your preference.
PROS AND CONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Does the flow switch come with the unit or do we have to buy it separately?
No need to buy it separately as the unit comes with a flow switch.
- Does the unit work fine with saltwater pools?
Yes, Raypak Digital pool heater can be used in saltwater and chlorinated pools.
- Does this heater use cupro-nickel heat exchanger?
No, this heater uses all copper fin tube heat exchanger.
- What are the dimensions of this unit?
The dimensions of the unit are as follows – Product depth: 28 inches, Height: 38 inches, Width: 23 inches.
- Does the unit have to be direct wired?
Yes, the unit needs to be direct wired.
- Is the unit easy to set and hook-up?
Yes, Raypak Digital pool heater is quick and easy to set and hook-up.
- Does the unit need to be covered to prevent it from rusting?
Covering the heater during winter will be enough as the heater is designed to be outside.
- Can the device be fit for indoor installation?
No, the device is not fit for indoor installation as the manufacturing safety standards do not recommend indoor installation.
Raypak’s Electronic Ignition Heater is the perfect choice to help get more enjoyment out of your pool. The heater looks sleek and stylish and features innovative technology that allows to keep the pool or spa temperature at the desired level. Raypak Digital pool heater is a quality heater that features temperature and flow control of the exchanger to minimize condensation. It’s a modern pool and spa heater that is built to withstand extreme weather conditions to ensure uninterrupted heating performance. The heater is also compatible with most major pool control and remote systems on the market today. The digital display on the heater gives a constant reading of the temperature and in case that you ever encounter a problem with the heater, the digital display will show where the problem is in the control circuit. This heater offers Stainless steel burners, and textured powder coat finish with cabinet and the internals that are corrosion and rust resistant. In all, Raypak Digital pool heater consists an army of advanced-engineered materials that makes you enjoy pool and spa to the fullest.
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