Industry News

AutoPilot Introduces Pool Pilot Digital Nano

AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool/spa heat pumps and salt chlorine generators, has introduced the latest edition to its product line – The Digital Nano+. This salt chlorine generator will maintain pools up to 28,000 gallons by producing up to 1.06 lbs. of chlorine per day.

The Nano+ comes packed with features such as a digital readout that displays the salt level, amount of salt to add, water temperature and diagnostics. Patented temperature compensation, soft reverse cell cleaning and patented bypass manifold make the Nano+ one of the most advanced units available.

The capacity and feature set of the Nano+ is superior to what other manufacturers offer, all at a much lower cost. Units are available to order now and will begin shipping Mid-May, 2013. For more information, please visit autopilot.com.

AquaCal Introduces New Half Million BTU Commercial Heat Pump

St. Petersburg, Florida - AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool/spa heat pumps since 1981, is pleased to introduce its latest addition to the product line – The Great Big Bopper.

The Great Big Bopper (GBB) is the perfect solution for most large commercial pool applications, for both heating and cooling. A single unit features a half million BTUs with a 6.3 C.O.P. Its compact footprint alleviates the large space requirement for multiple unit applications. GBB’s dual plumbing feature and single electrical hookup allow for easy, convenient installation.

The heavy duty design and construction of the Great Big Bopper ensure its durability and reliability, along with the quality expected of AquaCal heat pumps. This unit features the SuperQuiet operation unique to AquaCal.

AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. owner and President, Bill Kent, believes that "there is a huge opportunity for commercial pool builders and service companies to save millions of dollars in operating cost for their pool owner customers by converting old, inefficient gas fired pool heaters to this new, state of the art heat pump. Outdoor pools & spas are the target market for this highly efficient product. The Great Big Bopper has a design lifecycle that is double or triple that of a typical gas fired pool heater!"

AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. is part of the Team Horner family, employing about 300 teammates. Global Headquarters are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Team Horner includes HornerXpress Worldwide, a Global Export business (to over 90 countries), 2 manufacturing companies, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc.; and Lo-Chlor Specialty Chemicals and Algaecides. HornerXpress wholesale distribution, the team’s largest segment, has13 branches, covering all major population centers in Florida.

For more information, please visit our AquaCal Great Big Bopper webpage or contact you Export Manager.

Swimming Pool Drain Recall Information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with certain drain cover manufacturers, announced a voluntary recall of about 1 million drain covers manufactured and installed after December 2008. According to the CPSC, the recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated by independent third party laboratories to handle the flow of water through the cover as specified by VGBA.

Drain Recall Procedure

The procedure is for the homeowner to contact the CPSC hotline or website. The CSPC toll free drain recall number is 866-478-3521. Service guys should not be replacing covers until the homeowner calls the drain recall hotline - they will not be reimbursed if prior approval has not been given. APSP.org and CPSC.gov have a lot of useful information for builders, service techs and especially homeowners.

Manufacturers Of Recalled Pool Drains

Manufacturer Company Press Release Drains Affected Dates Sold Remedy
Hayward Pool Products Press Release PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 Hayward Replacements
Waterway Press Release PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 Waterway Replacements
Pentair Water Pool & Spa Press Release PDF List June 2009 - Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
AquaStar N/A PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 AquaStar Replacements
Custom Molded Products N/A PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 CMP Replacements
A & A N/A PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Color Match N/A PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit
Rising Dragon N/A PDF List Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011 Replacement or Retrofit

Check back for the most up to date information about the drain recall. We'll be updating our website as soon as additional information becomes available.

Additional Resources

CPSC Official News Release

FAQ's for Pool Professionals, APSP website.

Team Horner Acquires Lion Pool Brand

Will Manufacture Lion Pool Products in AquaCal Facility

Fort Lauderdale, FloridaTeam Horner is proud to announce its acquisition of the Lion Pool Products Line. Production has been moved to AquaCal AutoPilot’s manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, Florida and product is ready to ship.

AquaCal, with its dynamic engineering facility, will produce the well-known Safety Volt Transformers, ensuring consistency in the quality and dependability that the transformers have been known for since 1967. The other products that will be continued include leaf skimmers, leaf rakes, telescoping poles, Silver Maxx Poles and throwlines.

AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. has been manufacturing Heat Pumps and Salt Chlorine Generators in Florida, USA, since 1981 and is excited to add these products to its offering.

Team Horner Owner and President, Bill Kent, believes "the acquisition of Lion Pool Products is consistent with the strategy of keeping our company green and growing, in a way that is compatible with the rest of our businesses."

Team Horner, employing about 300 teammates, welcomes Lion Pools Products to the family. Team Horner includes HornerXpress Worldwide, a Global Export business (to over 90 countries), 2 manufacturing companies, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. and Lo-Chlor Specialty Chemicals and Algaecides, and HornerXpress wholesale distribution, the team’s largest segment, which has 13 branches, all covering major population centers in Florida.

For more information, please contact AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. at 727.823.5642 or in Florida, the nearest HornerXpress location (www.hornerxpress.com).

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