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Pentair MiniMax Heater for Above Ground Pools (Model 100)

June 27th, 2010

pentair-minimax-100-pool-heater.jpgGas pool heaters are much more costly to run than electronic ones. However, if you need an effective and small heater to heat a pool or spa quickly, the Pentair MiniMax 100 pool heater would be the right choice for you. Specially designed for above ground pools, the heater is available in liquid propane as well natural gas powered models. The MiniMax 100 effectively heats water up to 90 degrees in pools, and close to 104 degrees in spas and hot tubs. Pentair has a patented thermostatic valve bypass technology that is used in this product and several others. This technology minimizes the calcium scaling, which results from condensation in most heating products and leads to ineffective heating.

The Pentair MiniMax 100 heater is small and compact, with an input of 100,000 BTUs. It is efficient and can increase the usage of your pool well after the summer is over. It comes with a direct-spark ignition or the millivolt ignition, and will last you for anything between five to ten years. The millivolt product does not offer digital controls like the direct-spark ignition one. Spare parts for MiniMax do not cost much and are easy to change, so it is almost a do-it-yourself deal, without maintenance expenditure.

The heater has a thermal efficiency of above 82 per cent, making it a very efficient heater. The thermostat maintains a particular temperature of the water with electronic controls. The operation panel is simple and does not take long to figure out or operate. It has a bronze header system and stainless steel burners that are corrosion-resistant along with a top that allows ventilation. The cabinet comes in a metal construction with an aluminum coating that does not get heated when the heater is on, and the combustion chamber has ceramic fiber tile insulation.

The MiniMax 100 is connected to a 40 PVC pipe, and uses the existent pool water pump to circulate the water. In case you do not have a pump, you will need to buy one. It is recommended that the installation be done by a trained technician since gas-line fixtures can cause accidents if not attended to properly. On average, it takes about three hours to be installed.

For best results, it is advised to use the Pentair MiniMax 100 pool heater along with a solar cover to prevent heat loss. The product comes with a one year warranty. Different areas have different laws for pool heating. Find out about those that apply in your area before selecting a pool heater. The MiniMax 100 comes with a 120 volt electrical cord, and so can be used conveniently in USA and Canada, but not in Europe or Asia, which have 220 volt systems. The heater has also been listed by the CSA for use in Canada.


This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

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