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2000tj 09-09-2008 11:59 PM

Rapid Heat inline-heater
 
Does anyone know where I might find some technical info on these heaters?

I've been to the Jaccuzzi site but they are quite useless. All it tells me is voltage and circuit requirements. I'd like to know the basics like is it adjustable and what wattage(s) it runs at.

I anticipate buying a Jaccuzzi tub which has it preinstalled and would like to know more.

I suspect that there is another manufacturer whom I should really be searching for, but i can't find any other names.

Thanks for any input you may provide. :thumbsup:

2000tj 09-10-2008 02:06 AM

I may be on to something here: http://www.bathheaters.com/companies.php

2000tj 09-11-2008 01:16 PM

Has anyone installed one of these or otherwise used one?

Can you comment on it's function?

If my water heater were undersized and i had to dump 15-20 gallons of "cool" water into an other wise hot tub of water do you think it would be able to come up to temp quickly?

I'm looking for any info you can offer at this point.

thanks

kbsparky 09-13-2008 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2000tj (Post 157217)
...If my water heater were undersized and i had to dump 15-20 gallons of "cool" water into an other wise hot tub of water do you think it would be able to come up to temp quickly?....

Nope. I looked at the units listed in web link you provided, and they all were 120 Volt units. Those units are specifically designed to help maintain water temperature, not heat the tub for you. The heat loss is too great from all the surface area to be useful for much else with the low wattage listed.

If you want to heat that many gallons of cool water to bath temp in a short period of time, you should be looking at some high wattage units, such as those used in spas, with at least 5000 watts or more of muscle in them.

2000tj 09-14-2008 01:00 AM

Right, I understand that the unit is designed to maintain bath temp water of aprox 102F after reading further on the linked page.

My new 80g tank should do just fine filling her up, it's the reliable ability to keep it hot that concerns me. I got a great deal on a 12year Kenmore from Sears last night.

I guess I'll be calling these heater guys Monday. I'm just paranoid of getting a 1000.00 tub/system and not getting the perfromance I expect.

When I sized/spec'd my room heaters I could find all the number I needed (wattage, amperage, BTUs). That is what I would expect to be able to find for this, but so far not luck.


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