Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm Pool / Spa Heater Reviews

Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm Pool / Spa Heater

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  • The best heater on the market

    Dec 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No pilot light, stainless combustion chamber, Plastic shell, digital temp
    Cons: expensive

    Summary: I'm self employed during the summer with a swimming pool cleaning and repair service. I take care of about 35 pools a week on a weekly basis. The 4 most popular heaters around here (E.TN) are Sta-rite, Hayward, Raypak and Laars. The heater I always ... read more

  • DO NOT BUY THIS HEATER

    Jan 1, 2013 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: works well when it works which isn't very long. easy to adjust temperature.
    Cons: everything else

    Summary: I have had 3 of these installed in less than 3 years. The first one went out after 7 months of use, the 2nd one had to have every working part replaced during first few months of use before completely going out, the 3rd one was installed a month ago and ... read more

  • Sta-Rite SR333NA

    Jan 17, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nothing good about this product!
    Cons: Total piece of expensive worthless junk!

    Summary: This Sta-Rite heater is a piece of expensive worthless junk! Our indoor pool was completed at the end of 2004 and in the time since, we have had more than an accumulated time of 2 years where we have not had the use of our pool because this heater shuts ... read more

  • Great heater

    May 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Heats fast! Great having a readout.
    Cons: Kinda noisy if you're sitting by it.

    Summary: Great heater, heats very well and efficiently! Electronic readout is great, most heaters have none so you must guess the temperature and then put a mark on a knob to remember the temp setting. It's also very small and may be covered except for the ... read more

  • Don't buy a Sta-rite!

    Apr 27, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks like R2D2.
    Cons: Breaks often. Company does not stand by warranty. Service techs overworked! Don't buy it!

    Summary: This Heater looks quite nice on the display room floor. Unfortunately, it's looks don't meet up with it's long-term performance. I noted that one of the other reviews was written by a pool pro: all this means to me is that he could have been paid to ... read more

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  • Sta rite pool heater. Bad deal

    Sep 29, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: ???
    Cons: Noisy, no pest exclusion [perfect house for a Wood rat], expensive, breaks down easily.

    Summary: Our pool service man highly recommended Sta Rite as being very efficient.  This expensive heater broke down the first time because a rat had set up residence within it.  Other reviews bear out this flaw.  It is totaly unsuitable ... read more

  • not what they used to be

    Sep 26, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: none
    Cons: everything

    Summary: Sta-rite was the best heater out there, now they suck..sta-rite was bought out by Pentair some years ago and the quality of the product is gone. unfortunately there is no other heater out there any better.We live in a world now of needing to ... read more

  • Junk

    Jun 3, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: It looks pretty.
    Cons: Everything about it.

    Summary: I've had two of these. Won't be getting a third.First one needed a control board replaced in early 2009. Part was $600. Stopped working. Techs said mice destroyed the core and the whole unit needed to be replaced. Second unit installed Sept 09. Used ... read more

  • Garbage...Don't Buy This Product

    May 20, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: Too many to list.

    Summary: Our pool company recommended this when we first put our pool in.  It began giving us problems after the 2nd season and completely broke down in the 3rd.  We were told the blower was shot and that the repair cost for parts and labor would be ... read more

  • Sta Rite 4000 BTU

    Jun 14, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Heats Pool Quickly
    Cons: The core broke down after 25 months. No warranty for it.

    Summary: The pool guy that installed the heater said that mice ate away at the core. How is that possible. The core is copper. That is unacceptable being that I paid 2700$ to have this Sta Rite installed only 2 years ago. We only use the heater about 3 days a ... read more

  • 10 years - no issues

    May 16, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Reliable, 10 years and counting, no issues. Fast heating, 65 to 80 in 12 hours
    Cons: Noisy, sounds like a vacuum cleaner left on

    Summary: We just opened the pool for the season. The heater is on it's 10th year. It's mid-May in central PA and the water was at 65', but the kids really wanted to swim. Opening the pool this year has already been expensive with a seized main pump motor and blow ... read more

  • Junk

    Feb 23, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: NONE.
    Cons: Expensive to buy, breaks down often, expensive to repair.

    Summary: Biggest pile of expensive junk I have ever purchased. Pool construction company recommended it. Every winter I have problems. New sensors, new PC board, new blower etc. I am about ready to take a sledge hammer to it! Never again will I buy one of ... read more

  • two months of operation, heater shot

    Aug 5, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Worked great for 2 months
    Cons: Wore out in 2 months, terrible warranty service

    Summary: Purchased this heat in May of 2007, by August it had water coming out of the induction blower on the burner. Contacted Pentair/Sta-Rite for warranty and was turned down because I bought the heater on line (Ebay). This unit came in the original box with ... read more

  • Best heater

    May 16, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Efficient, now fairly quiet, easy install/service, light.
    Cons: like all heaters $$$

    Summary: This is the best heater on the market. I wouldn't install any other heater. If your heat exchanger goes it is unlikely to be anything other than water chemistry, or oversized pump. Year round heating will shorten most heaters life to the 6-8 year ... read more

  • Absolute Junk!

    Sep 20, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Lot's of great press about this product!
    Cons: Too bad it's all false and misleading!

    Summary: I purchased the 333,000 BTU model, had it installed almost a year ago (late summer 2005), but never turned it on (I live in Galveston TX). Suddenly it started leaking rusty water out the blower. The factory rep. claims "it's shot, needs to be replaced ... read more

  • Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm - motor burn out

    Jun 27, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Compact, rust free
    Cons: not reliable

    Summary: We purchased the Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm Pool heater on 1999. Recently, the motor burned out and the heat exchanger needs to be replaced. Basically, we are buying a new heater. It was not abused and was maintained by professionals. I would think that a ... read more

  • Sta-Rite SR 333 NA

    Jun 1, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Very efficient, high output - heats water much quicker that the original Anthony pool unit.
    Cons: Very noisy, not reliable. Did I say NOISY!

    Summary: I have had this product for 4 -5 years now, Its very effective at heating water but its operational noise is very high, so not so good for a Spa/Pool combo. My major complaint is that it has exhibited a fault each year on first start (E05 error) which ... read more

  • Problem solved!

    Jun 12, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Heats the spa very quickly. is fully automatic. Set it and forget it.
    Cons: On high settings it uses a lot of gas. Set temp settings responsibly.

    Summary: I tried to use this heater for the first time this season. The heater started (fan) the igniter fired and the heater ignited. Display indicated heating for about 5 sec then shutdown (flame went out) fan still running. About 30 sec later it would fire up ... read more

  • Sta Rite Pool Heater what a waste!!!!

    Sep 8, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: I'm sorry but I am so angry I can't think of anything nice to say.
    Cons: I would not recommend this heater to anyone.

    Summary: We have had nothing but problems with this heater. We have had the heater for three years (and paid over $2500 to install) and have only used it a total of 14 months. It needs a new heating coil which is not covered under warranty and will cost me ... read more

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