Raypak updated their range of heat pumps for 2019 but these are very difficult to find at present, most of the Raypak heat pumps on sale are from the 2018 range below. The new range comprises six heat only models, two with heat/cool and one with power defrost. Click Here to see the product brochure.
The three smaller models range from 48-80k BTUH with a COP of 5.7-6.2 at 80/80/80. The remaining models are of the larger design with a BTUH up to 140k and a COP of 5.6-6.0. All feature:
- Exclusive DuraSteel™ Powder-Coated Cabinet – They claim that a plastic cabinet is no match for the all steel Raypak cabinet.
- Quiet Operation – Special fan design mean more air over the coil which translates to greater efficiency all while being whisper quiet!
- Extremely Tough Composite Base – Rust proof and ultra sound deading base material keeps your heat pump up and running while holding sound levels to an absolute minimum.
- Scroll Compressor – The unique design of a scroll compressor actually wears in over time, not out!
- Spiral Titanium Tube – The spiral titanium tube heat exchanger provides a corrosion-free waterway that can withstand the abuses of harsh pool chemistry.
- Seperate Pool/Spa Controls
- Remote Compatible – The digital heat pump pool heater can be easily controlled by most two-wire and three-wire remote systems.
- On Board Diagnostics – Tells you if there is a problem.
- Built-in Mini Automation – Includes ability to work with solar and/or gas heater.
Previously Raypak offered four ranges of Heat Pump. These are still on sale so I have left the information from 2018 below:
The Compact Series – Three models outputting 50k, 66k & 83k BTU/hr (at 80F air & water and 80% RH) available with analogue or digital controls. The top model is also available with a Power Defrost option. This enables the heater to defrost itself whilst still heating the pool.
The Classic Series – Three models outputting 95k, 117k & 133k BTU/hr (at 80F air & water and 80% RH) available with analogue or digital controls.
The Specialty Series – Eight models based on the two higher Classic models offering options like digital power defrost and cooling as well as heating. Three phase models are also available. Raypak say that this range is intended to offer features “not as commonly required”.
The Quiet Series – Raypak’s latest heat pump has been specially designed for quiet operation at only 59db. There are three models outputting 95k, 117k, and 133k BTU/hr (at 80F air & water and 80% RH). These feature digital control and several extra features to ensure quiet operation such as a slow rotation fan motor and a custom engineered four blade fan.
In terms of features, the Compact series do not have sound installation pads on the compressor nor internal bypass valving in the heater exchanger but other than that the basic features are the same.
A heat pump may cost more than a gas heater to buy but they are extremely efficient devices which can be 3 to 4 times cheaper to run than natural gas and 6 to 7 times cheaper than propane. They are not as powerful, so cannot heat a pool as quickly, so are ideal if you heat your pool constantly.
All these heat pumps are built to Raypak’s usual high standard to give “rock solid performance at an affordable price”. All versions feature a titanium heat exchanger, to withstand pool chemistry and corrosion and use a Spiral Rifled design to maximize the surface area.
The cabinet is a polyester coated rugged steel construction. There are large air coils (made by Raypak themselves) to maximize the heating capability at low temperatures.
The standard Raypak heat pumps run of a single phase power supply but will need their own circuit which will require an electrician but it should cost less than a gas heater to install.
You can opt for digital or analog controls on the cheaper models. Both allow you to set a separate pool and spa temperature and are compatible with remote controls. The analog control has 6 LEDs which tell you what is going on whilst the digital control has on board diagnostics which can provide detailed information to the owner or pool technician. The Raypak documentation indicates that the digital version is superior but, strangely, the prices are similar.
If you are looking for a low cost, environmentally friendly way to heat your pool a heat pump is ideal. A Raypak heat pump is a great choice as it combines the latest technology with Raypak’s reliability at an attractive price. It should give you years of hassle free use of your pool.
These heat pumps are not as widely available as many pool heaters featured on this site but Pool Supply World offer a limited range.