I have a Raypak heater and my heat exchanger just went out a few
weeks ago (green corrosion).
I replaced it. Incase this was caused by chlorine, I installed a Jandy
Check valve on the output between the heater and my Rainbow In-Line
When I installed the check valve. I was unable to install it per the
instructions. The instructions say you need 18 inches of upflow after
the check valve in order for the weight of the water to keep the check
valve closed. As you know, after the water leaves the heater there is
not normally an upflow (it is all downflow from there).
After 2 weeks of use, I pulled the return header off and found the new
one is turning green on the inside.
I had my water tested and everything was fine except hardness it was a
little high (600ppm). But, the tap water in my area is pretty hard so
I don't think there is much I can do about that.
I doubt the hardness would cause the green corrosion anway.
So, my conclusion is maybe even though the check valve is spring
loaded, it may be allowing the water to seep backwards due to there
being a downflow. The only solution I can figure out is come out of
the heater and turn straight up for atleast 18 inches. then turn
straight down to get to my chlorinator. I don't know if 18 inches of
upflow would work followed by an imediate 30 inches of downflow (This
seems it might cause it to syphon).
This does not seem like a good solution.
I would also consider changing out the chlorinator to an off-line
system, but I doubt that would help my situation.
Does anyone have any suggestions.
Thanks so much,