Inground Pool Equipment Selection Part 3: Heaters

How to Select an Inground Pool Heater

Hello and welcome Inyo fans, this is a continuation of Inyo pools equipment selection series, and it’s time to heat up the conversation a little bit.

In part three of this inground pool equipment selection series will be discussing, how to select an inground pool heater;  i.e. gas heaters, heat pumps and solar systems. All of which can extend your season by a month or more depending on where you live. We’ll discuss all three types of heating systems but first, let’s start with gas heaters. Sound good?


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Pentair MiniMax NT Heater Error Codes

Reading, understanding, and diagnosing Pentair MiniMax NT heater error codes are understandably confusing for the typical pool owner. In fact, it can be very difficult for any pool owner regardless of his/her skill set. It is simply the nature of the beast.

Troubleshooting and diagnosing technical issues can be more difficult online. It seems like a catch-22 to me, though. The Internet allows us to have instant access to tons of information right at our fingertips. Still, with all the information available, sometimes it can convolute the information and cause even more confusion. It is very similar to when you are trying to diagnose why your back is hurting. Twenty minutes into reading WebMD and you are halfway to diagnosing yourself with cancer. It can be a very slippery slope.

Diagnosing technical issues on older products is in it’s own league. User manuals and technical documents weren’t as informative for the reader like they are now. Today, manufacturers are more tuned in to their customers’ needs. Although the Pentair MiniMax NT heater was manufactured over a decade ago, we still run into pool owners who still own and love their heater and would prefer to fix the issue than purchase a new one.

As I began my research on the Pentair MiniMax NT error codes, I immediately noticed the lack of resources for this heater. Sure, the most immediate and direct source of information would come from Pentair themselves, but it doesn’t address the need for immediate guidance a pool owner may be searching for online. If you have a Pentair MiniMax NT and are experiencing technical issues, this blog is for you.  (more…)

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High Elevation Pool Heaters

Do I Need a High Elevation Heater?

Hello my friends who love the thin air of places like, but not limited to, the Rocky Mountains, Arizona or New Mexico; this blog is just for you. If you are a homeowner looking to lengthen your pool season, then a gas heater is just the trick. A well sized unit can add weeks or even months onto the pool season. However, not all heaters are created equal; some have limits to their application. One of those limitations is how high above sea level it can be installed. We will take you through some of the limitations and also help you determine your elevation properly.

An especially elevation-sensitive heater brand is Raypak, but that is due to how finely tuned their heaters are to maximize their burn. Their heaters are optimized to an atmospheric air/fuel mixture that is optimal from 0 – 2000 feet. A standard Raypak heater installed above that range will not light or will clunk out because of lack of air. Humans may get a little light headed from lack of oxygen, but heaters can create carbon monoxide that can kill. (more…)

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