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Should you buy an Astral Pool Heater ? Great reasons to have or have not.

Two Gas Spa Heater types and three Gas Pool Heaters are available: 

  1. The wall mounted JX Astral Spa Heater
  2. The HX Freestanding Spa Heater 
  3. The Viron Evo Astral Pool Heater
  4. The premixed combustion Astral HiNRG Heater
  5. The new ICI Heater small footprint premixed combustion Heater

With five different Astral Pool Heaters, three of which can be used on a spa, you would think that an Astral Heater (now owned by the international company Fluidra) was the way to go.  In many instances they are. So what are the pros and cons of owning each model – lets take a look!

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JX Wall Mounted Astral Spa Heater

The JX is not only the sole wall mounted spa heater now available in Australia, but it also takes up a minimal amount of space. It comes in two sizes, the JX130 and the JX160. In certain situations it is the ideal choice, but make sure that you speak to a spa heating expert before selecting a wall mounted unit.   

Pros:   

  • Only Wall mounted purpose built spa heater
  • Ideal for tight spots

Cons:

  • More expensive than ground based options
  • Requires specialised flueing for undercover installation – this may not suit your purpose
  • Although Astral Pool suggest that these heaters will heat your pool in 24 hours, they are not designed for this purpose so shouldn’t be purchased as a pool/spa heater (you will be disappointed!)

Once again, speak to an expert before making your decision on sizing or placement of your heater – it can make all the difference.  Why not call PoolHeat on (08) 8349 5097 for more information.

HX Astral Spa Heater

The HX Model is Astral’s other Gas Heater which is chiefly used for spas.  This takes the more traditional, free-standing form and comes in two sizes, the largest of which is the HX120.  Both the JX and the HX are available as outdoor or indoor Heaters with the addition of the correct Hood Kit and Flueing.  Both of these models were around at the time when the company was known as Hurlcon though there have been some minor changes such as enabling the units to become compatible with Astral’s Viron Connect System.

Pros:

  • Cheaper than the JX Astral Spa Heater
  • Made in Australia
  • Connects with Astral’s Viron Connect System

Cons:

  • There are other heater brands with similar products that are less expensive
  • Once you begin to use the Viron Connect System, you are committed to purchase and use only Astral products in the future (unless you replace the Viron Connect itself)

Naturally, you don’t have to use Viron Connect, or you may already have it.  This could be the heater for you if so.  Why not contact PoolHeat on (08) 8349 5097 for expert advice on which model or size is best for you. 

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Astral HiNRG Gas Pool Heater

  • The HiNRG Astral Heater is a newer model.  It too is compatible with Viron Connect. Coming in three sizes, it’s smallest size is suitable for a large-ish spa. Then there are the two larger 250 and 400 options.  This heater is of the pre-mix combustion type which give out low emissions.

Pros:

  • Low emissions! Good for the environment!
  • Able to connect to Viron Connect system using a mobile app to turn on/off

Cons:

  • Some people have found this unit to be quite noisy in comparison to previous Astral heaters they have owned
  • Check the charts on the brochure – the words might sometimes be a little vague.  Everything is there to help you make your choice, but you need to investigate.

If it all gets to hard, give us a call at PoolHeat on (08) 8349 5097 and we’ll direct you to the right model or size with the best service.

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Astral Viron eVo Pool Heater

The Viron is a Condensating Pool Heater.  This means that condensation from the Heater is expelled, and the idea is that you should return it to your pool for maximum efficiency.  It requires expert installation and should never be installed by anyone other than a gas pool heating specialist with trade qualifications. There are three sizes, the 250, 350 and 450 – all suited to swimming pools.  As a more complex machine, there are always more things that can go wrong, but this option may still be suitable for you.

Pros:

  • Produces up to 100 litres of condensate per hour (which can go straight into your pool reducing the need to top up water)
  • Suggested reduction in gas consumption by up to 20%

Cons:

  • Drainage provision must be made for the condensate otherwise damage will occur within the heater and it’s surrounds due to the acidity of the condensate
  • The condensate recovery kit which returns the water to the pool is an additional purchase item
  • Acidic water should only be returned to pools running with salt chlorinators.

This heater can work really well in some situations and not so well in others. The trick is to know whether it should be installed in your situation, and if so, how it should be installed.  Gas pool heating experts with trade experience can help you here.  Why not call PoolHeat on (08) 8349 5097 for more information.

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ICI Astral Pool Heater

The ICI is a Fully Modulating, mid efficiency Condensating Pool Heater.  Many Boilers are fully modulating but Astral have supplied the only purpose built Pool Heater of this type available at present. A fully modulating heater self adjusts it’s own temperature, and of course you already know what the condensating aspect is from the information shown under the Viron Evo.  Once again, this heater requires expert installation and should never be installed by anyone other than a gas pool heating specialist with trade qualifications. There are two sizes, the 200 and 400 – both suited to swimming pools.  This is a complex heater but there is every chance it could still be suitable for you.

Pros:

  • Produces up to 100 litres of condensate per hour (which can go straight into your pool reducing the need to top up water)
  • Suggested up to 83% efficiency rating
  • Hi tech Ceramic Mesh Burner

Cons:

  • Drainage provision must be made for the condensate otherwise damage will occur within the heater and it’s surrounds due to the acidity of the condensate
  • The condensate recovery kit which returns the water to the pool is an additional purchase item
  • Acidic water should only be returned to pools running with salt chlorinators.

Once again, this heater could work really well in some situations and not so well in others. The trick is to know whether it should be installed in your situation, and if so, how it should be installed.  Gas pool heating experts with trade experience can help you here.  Why not call PoolHeat on (08) 8349 5097 for more information.

For more information about Astral Gas Pool and Spa Heaters (now known as Fluidra) just click on the button below for more information.











ASTRAL POOL HEATERS ELECTRICAL SAFETY RECALL NOTIFICATION

The following Astral Pool Gas Heaters are currently under recall from the Manufacturer.

 

  • HiNRG Natural & LPG Gas Heaters  (Models 175, 250 and 400)
  •  ICI Natural & LPG Gas Heaters (Models 200 and 400)
  • Viron eVo Natural & LPG Gas Heaters (Models 250, 350 and 450)

Astral Pool JX and HX Heaters  are not affected by the Recall.  For more information regarding the Safety Recall  read our blog article

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  •   Experienced diagnostic technicians able to repair your gas heater or fix your pool equipment

  •   Able to repair pumps on site where possible so that you are up and running in no time

  •   Suppliers and installers of pumps, filters, ozone systems, automated dosing systems – any other pool related requirements

  •   Providers of a complete on-site service for all equipment and swimming pool requirements including services, repairs and  supply of replacement equipment

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