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Water leak in heatexchanger

Tring to find out the best place to start to remove the proper parts to get the heat exchanger out on a rp2100 natral gas pool heater

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Go from the top down. Lid, then face panel, then the sides until the exchanger is exposed enough to access the inlet/outlet header and the sensors.

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