Low Noise Levels. The best feature of the Aquacal swimming pool heat pump?
Its low noise level.
Aquacal has a published noise level of 55 dB. This is approximately the noise level of a small copy machine.
From 10 feet away it is virtually noise-free! If noise is a concern, this is the way to go!
Warranty. If you live in one of the east coast states of Florida, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, or Vermont warranty terms are extending quite generously. See the table below for details:
|Installation Location||Parts||Labor||Compressor||Heat Exchanger Tubing|
|States Listed Above||7 year||2 year||7 year||Lifetime|
|All Other States||2 year||2 year||5 year||Lifetime|
Patented Titanium Heat Exchanger. Many manufacturers within the pool heat pump industry boast a titanium heat exchanger in order to fight off the chemicals introduced into a swimming pool. However, Aquacal uses specially patented ThermoLink counter flow water management system. This is claimed to be the only counter flow titanium heat exchanger on the market. If this is the case, the efficiency and operational limits are vastly improved for the AquaCal swimming pool heat pump.
Defrost. This allows the heating option of the heat pump to operate when outside conditions are below 50 F.
Digital Control and Diagnostics. Digital controls are incorporated within the Aquacal swimming pool heat pump for ease of temperature control and troubleshooting. Digital codes are presented to indicate to the user or technician the source of the problem.
Of course, who wants to buy a pool heat pump that isn't large enough to heat their pool? Below is a table that indicates the amount of heat that each Aquacal model supplies.
|Model||Heat Pump Output|
|SQ110||63,000 - 100,000 Btu/hr|
|SQ120||73,000 - 113,000 Btu/hr|
|SQ155||86,000 - 135,000 Btu/hr|
|SQ175||91,000 - 143,000 Btu/hr|
|SQ121R||74,000 - 118,000 Btu/hr|
|SQ156R||88,000 - 139,000 Btu/hr|
At this section of every review page I give the manufacturer a 1 to 10 rating. 1 is low quality, 5 is average and 10 is high quality:
Quality Rating: 8
Aquacal exceeds expectations in providing a low noise emitting heat pump. Some other aspects of the Aquacal swimming pool heat pump that gives it a slightly above average rating:
1) User Lock Code. This feature allows the owner to lock operational access to only qualified personnel.
2) Defrost cycle. This feature is a real benefit for swimming in lower ambient temperatures.
3) Refrigerant Pressure, Water Temperature, Compressor Delay. Each of these safety features, which are industry standard, protect your heat pump from early failure. Make sure that you take action if a trouble code appears! The only thing that I don't like... the adjustable compressor delay time. This should be set by the factory.
Below are diagnostic codes for the Aquacal swimming pool heat pump. I am not a huge fan of the Aquacal's diagnostics. Both Hayward and Rheem have a better diagnostic system.
|dPO||Defrost sensor open.|
|PO||Water temperature sensor open.|
|dPC||Defrost sensor shorted.|
|PC||Water temperature sensor shorted.|
|LP||Refrigerant system low pressure switch open.|
|HP||Refrigerant system high pressure switch open.|
|HP5||5 High pressure faults within one call for cooling or heating.|
|LP5||Low pressure faults within one call for cooling or heating.|
|OTA||Over temperature alarm.|
|FLO||Low or no water flow detected.|
|FS||Heater in defrost mode.|
|CSE||Control system error.|
|CEr||No communication from controller.|
I hope that this information answered your questions! If not feel free to visit the Aquacal swimming pool heat pump official website.
What pool heat pump do you have/had or want? Where do you live? How long of a swimming season do you have now? Are pool heat pumps saving you any money compared to a previous heating method? Please comment on any one or all of these questions....it will be great to see some of your responses!