Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm Review

The Pentair Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm is a gas swimming pool heater that can use both natural gas or propane. It is lightweight, plus small and fitting for both indoor and outdoor.

The Pentair Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm is a gas swimming pool heater that can use both natural gas or propane. It is lightweight, plus small and fitting for both indoor and outdoor.

The Pentair Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm is a compact and lightweight gas-powered swimming pool heater. You can choose either propane or natural gas for its fuel source. Due to the pool heater’s small size, you can install it inside or outside in virtually any location.

Do you care about energy efficiency? If so, then you’ll be happy to know that the Sta-Rite pool heater is one of the most energy-efficient gas pool heaters on the market today. Its overall energy efficiency rating is 84%, which is better energy efficiency than most gas pool heaters on the market. 

As a low nitrogen oxide pool heating appliance, the Sta-Rite complies with all federal air quality standards. It outputs approximately 200,000 British Thermal Units (BTU) of heat every 60 minutes. Sta-Rite has three other sizes available, depending on the size of your swimming pool.

Do you want a more robust heater? You can upgrade to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers model or the heavy-duty model. It all depends on how much durability and strength you need from your pool heater. The heavy-duty model includes a cupro-nickel heat exchanger. The cupro-nickel material does a better job of resisting corrosion than the regular copper-based models. However, it tends to be less energy efficient because of cupro-nickel.  

The Sta-Rite pool heater exterior is made of thermoplastic resin, making it resistant to bad weather and heat. The heater should last for a longer time because the material helps prevent rust.

You’ll find the digital control panel for setting the pool water temperature on the round top of the heater. It has five buttons and LED indicators to manage the system quickly. You can rotate the top in any direction you want for better accessibility. 

You’ll know when a problem exists with the heater because it contains a self-diagnostic system to identify any issues going on with it. If there is ever a problem, a service light will illuminate on the control panel. But you’ll need to look on the back of the control panel to see the troubleshooting lights. Some people might find this annoying because other heaters, such as the Hayward HeatPro, conveniently put the diagnostic details on the front digital display. 

Pentair gives buyers a two-year warranty when they purchase Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm. It is a decent amount of time to ensure the heater works correctly. A professional installer is recommended when it comes time to install the pool heater. Failure to install the heater correctly could result in gas leaks, fires and a shorten lifespan. Not only that, but your warranty will be voided. So, do yourself a favor and choose a professional installation. 

Overall, the Pentair Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm is a highly gas efficient pool heater with low NOx standards. It has a less friendly troubleshooting system, but that is the only real downside. The energy efficiency and environmental friendliness make the heater a worthy purchase.

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