Sta-Rite was founded in 1934 and sold a range of water related products. It was acquired by Pentair in 2004 and although the Sta-Rite brand was retained their pool heaters became part of the Pentair range. The Max-E-Therm is now discontinued but is still widely available.
The Max-E-Therm is a powerful low NOx gas pool heater available in 200, 333 and 400 BTU models. There are versions for natural gas and propane and heavy duty models which feature a cupro-nickel heat exchanger instead of the standard copper version. The standard versions have an energy efficiency of 84% and the heavy duty versions (for low pH, high flow or heavy use) an efficiency of 82%.
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The obvious difference between the Max-E-Therm and most other pool heaters is its design. It is described in the brochure as having “sleek contempory styling”. Personally I struggle with that but I suppose how it performs is more important.
The casing is made from “Dura-Glas”, a material exclusive to Sta-Rite, which provides protection against the elements. Rust proofing is completed by a plastic manifold and PVC union connections.
Features include an LED temperature readout with dual thermostat controls (for pool and spa), temperature safety lockout and six position control panel mounted on the top. This can be rotated 360 degrees for easy viewing. Self diagnostics are provided which can pinpoint any problems.
The heater is designed for fast heat-ups so it will quickly get on with the job of heating your pool. To view the product brochure – Click Here
This heater has been on the market for quite some time so there is quite a lot of user feedback. This is mostly posative including many 5 star reviews. In general once it was installed and working users were happy, negative comments included a number which complained about units which were damaged when delivered. This reinforces our advice to buy from a reputable supplier used to dealing which these large and heavy products.
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