Friday, November 22, 2013
Fall in The Valley Of The Sun,
If you are like most people in the valley you are now enjoying the cooler days and still cooler nights now. As I drive around, I see so many people having garage sales, and doing yard projects and other outside chores that we have all been putting off because it’s been too hot. It seems to me that it is like spring cleaning in reverse from back east and the Midwest areas that have to wait out the cold winters until the spring. This is a time of year when valley residents take a collective sigh and quietly celebrate that we have made it through another hot summer. In a short time now, though, our thoughts will turn to planning and enjoying the holidays.
For my part, I enjoy hiking in the valley’s desert preserves, now is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. On the weekends I have my "honey do" list of chores around the house.
In our business, it’s nice to have the cooler weather now to work in. Although there is still plenty of work to be done on valley home owners pools, the cooler weather presents the perfect opportunity to do some of the pool maintenance projects that are not possible in the hot summer heat, like pool draining, acid washes and tile cleaning. If your pool water hasn’t been changed in the last five years it probably should be. As your pool water evaporates every year and make up water is added, the mineral content of the water accumulates and concentrates in the pool. As this level builds up, it makes the pool chemicals less effective at maintaining the water. The cooler weather is the time to get going on your pool projects so you’ll enjoy easier maintenance and (possibly) lower chemical costs next summer. Another reason to do it now, is that some of the valley cities base your year round water rates on your water use in the first three months of the year. You might also want to consider getting other pool maintenance projects done now. When was the last time the sand was changed in your filter? Or if you have a cartridge or DE filter have they been cleaned lately? If you are going to use your heater this winter have you fired it to see if it’s still working? ....Well you get my point.....
That’s all for now, gotta go and throw the football with my grandsons!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Energy-efficient pumps capable of saving consumers thousands of dollars!
Pool Systems, Inc. Earns ENERGY STAR® For All Its Multi-Speed Pool
Diego - May 13, 2013
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. announces its Jandy® Pro Series line of variable-speed and two-speed pool pumps are ENERGY STAR® qualified, signifying they meet or exceed energy-efficiency guidelines. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. As an ENERGY STAR partner, Zodiac demonstrates its commitment to manufacturing energy efficient pool equipment that help consumers reduce their energy bill and is good for the environment.
Jandy Pro Series' ENERGY STAR-qualified pumps include variable-speed VS-FloPro™ and ePump™, and two-speed Stealth™, FloPro, and PlusHP series pumps, for a total of 18 certified pumps. See below for a complete list of certified pumps. Each pump was rigorously tested and proven by a third party EPA-recognized laboratory. Both variable- and two-speed pump options were submitted for testing, to help pool professionals and consumers find a Jandy Pro Series ENERGY STAR-qualified pump to suit any pool or spa equipment setup...
PENTAIR AQUATIC SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES the First Pumps in the Industry to Receive ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION-Additional Variable Speed and 2-Speed Models are Undergoing CERTIFICATION Testing
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Zodiac Stiffens Warranty Requirements
A major pool equipment manufacturer has changed its warranty policy in a way that might also move the needle in business lost to online sales.
Zodiac Pool Systems, based in Vista, Calif., now will honor warranties on equipment only when it has been installed by a licensed, qualified contractor. The reason for the change was primarily to enhance safety for pool owners, according to company officials. Any benefit to pool service technicians is secondary.
“It wasn’t the direct intention in this case,” said Scott Ferguson, Zodiac’s director of customer operations. “I can see how it would be helpful, and that’s great with us. We want to support our core dealer base as much as we possibly can.”
The other two major pool equipment manufacturers, Pentair Aquatic Systems and Hayward Pool Products, have no such qualification on their warranties that are available online. Pentair’s warranties do specify that if damage is caused by installing the equipment contrary to the manufacturer’s instructions, the damage will not be covered under warranty.
Zodiac began publishing the change in September 2012. It’s being billed as a “running change” to account for equipment that may have been in stock before the update. It applies regardless of where the equipment was purchased.
The change covers most Zodiac, Jandy and Polaris products, with the exception of automatic pool cleaners, the Nature2 Express sanitizing system and the AquaPure Ei plug-in chlorine generator.
Regardless of Zodiac’s original intent, the policy could give a boost to pool service techs, who previously sold the bulk of equipment like that covered by the policy. Now, even if they don’t get money from the sale, they might make up some profit on installing a piece of equipment purchased elsewhere.
One tech has already begun to show his appreciation for the policy. “I just started buying some of Zodiac’s salt systems for that reason,” said Todd Starner, owner of Starner Pools in Bradenton, Fla. “If they’re going to support me, I’m going to support them.” Starner also said the move might have the effect of adding support for a bill now moving through the Florida legislature that would stiffen licensing
requirements for pool service techs.
Others who have been concerned about Internet retailers undercutting traditional pricing are taking a positive attitude toward Zodiac’s move, at least initially. “I’m hopeful and I think that anything positive should be rewarded,” said Dale Howard, owner of B&L Pools in Phoenix, a six-store retail and service company. “If we make little steps in the right direction, that’s better than nothing.”
Howard did say that other initiatives from the “Big Three” pool equipment suppliers to support minimum pricing have started well, but ultimately fallen short of expectations by retailers and service techs. The Arizona Pool Dealers Association, of which Howard is a member, has encouraged its members to either not install equipment purchased by consumers from Internet retailers or charge double their normal labor rates for the installation.
Some techs would like manufacturers to go even further with their warranty requirements. “I think it’s a great start,” said Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pools in Murrieta, Calif. He said he’d like manufacturers to require factory training on installing and servicing their equipment to ensure that pool techs are qualified to do the job.
Though Zodiac is the first of the Big Three manufacturers to institute this policy, other companies have similar restrictions. Heater manufacturer Raypak, based in Oxnard, Calif., has required professional installation of its products to qualify for warranty coverage for some time. “It’s to protect the homeowner from hurting themselves,” said Terry Doyle, Raypak’s marketing manager.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Conservation
Amendment on Swimming Pool Heaters
Effective April 16, 2013.
Amendment on Swimming Pool Heaters
Effective April 16, 2013.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule amending the energy conservation standards for swimming pool heaters. The standards established in the final rule will be applied starting April 16, 2013 for residential swimming pool heaters. For gas-fired pool heaters, the equipment must have a minimum thermal efficiency of 82%.
The following heater part numbers will be obsolete on April 16, 2013 and will no longer be available for sale in the United States.
Product Line: MiniMax® CH Heater
Part Numbers: 460618, 460624, 460471, 460619, 460625, 460472, 460620, 460626, 460473, 460621, 460627, 460474, 460622, 460628, 460475, 460623, 460629, 460476, 460630, 460636, 460477, 460631, 460637, 460478, 460632, 460638, 460479, 460633, 460639, 460480, 460634, 460640, 460481, 460635, 460641, 460482.
Remaining MiniMax 75/100 heaters inventory will still be available for purchase through December 31, 2013 or until depleted.