11 Best Pool Heater Tips And Tricks

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Ideas, Tips & Tricks

Ideas, Tips & Tricks

Along the way, we have found several great ideas, tips and tricks to get the most out of your pool and pool heater ownership.

We have compiled these into a list (not in any specific order).

Hope you find these useful or thought provoking. Let us know if you use any of them or have any other great tips of your own.

1 – Recycle When Replacing Your Heater

recycleIf you decide to change your pool heater because of failure or upgrade, ensure you look to recycle the old pool heater. The heater components contain metals which could be worth $200-$300 dollars depending on scrap metal prices.

If the pool heater is still functional it is also worth checking places such as eBay to see whether there is a demand for the heater as a second-hand unit. Buyers also pick up second-hand units for spare parts and you ought to be able to get more than scrap value.

2 – Oversize Your Pool Heater

Always look to oversize your pool heater by purchasing the heater above your BTU requirement calculation to allow for wiggle room. More power simply means the ability to heat the water faster. Therefore, the bigger the unit the quicker you can heat your pool. If you can go for a heater like the H400FDN when you only have a requirement for say 200 BTU the end result is you will be able to heat your pool twice as fast. So if you can afford it go as big as possible.

3 – Install A Bypass Valve

A bypass valve is almost a necessity with pool heater plumbing. Having this valve allows to isolate the heater for both maintenance and whilst the water is not in balance or receiving a shock treatment. Harsh chemicals can be bad for your heat exchanger so being able to remove it from the system until the water has returned to an adequate level is good news for your heater.

If you are lucky enough to own both a pool and spa, a set of bypass valves could also be used to connect the heater into the correct water circuit. This would allow you to switch the heating to which ever needed it at that point in time.

4 – Purchase and Use A Pool Cover

The price of a pool cover could pay you back in no time at all compared to letting all the warmth escape from your pool from either heat evaporation or wind. Keeping the heat in will allow the heater to heat the pool faster and also reduce energy costs. Solar pool covers also heat the water which again helps lower heating costs.

If you don’t want to go to the expense of ready made solar pool cover you could make your own DIY solar covers from hula hoops and black garbage bags. This absorbs the sun’s energy and also prevent heat loss from evaporation and the wind etc. just like a standard pool cover.

5 – Use Certified Professionals To Install Your Heater

To ensure you stay on the right side of you product warranty you should always have your heater installed by a professional. Improper installation leading to a failure will invalidate your warranty. Gas is also very dangerous and a qualified person should always approve the installation.

It is also important to have a qualified person validate you have all the correct supply pipes for the size heater you are installing.

6 – Get Your New Heater Delivered To Your Install Location

These things are heavy. Even a decent sized residential heater can weigh in at over 200 pounds with the shipping materials so ensure your install site is accessible. That way, when taking delivery, you can have it dropped at the site rather than having to haul it around yourself. It can be a two man job to move so make your life easier. Let the pros do the heavy lifting where possible.

It’s also worth being nice to the delivery guy. They may only be contracted to deliver to the curb so a few nice words may go a long way. Hopefully, the long way in your case will be all the way to your install location.

One other bonus tip related to delivery concerns the delivery cost. If your supplier is looking to charge for delivery then check out Amazon Prime to access free delivery. The cost of the service may be similar to the quoted delivery cost and you get a year’s free Amazon deliveries and Amazon PrimeTV for nothing extra so it’s definitely worth checking out.

7 – Run Your Heater Only When you Need It

dollarsMaintaining a pool temperature for 2 weeks when you only use it at weekends will use far more gas than heating 24 hours prior to use.

Other environmental factors such as ambient temperature, weather sun and use of a pool cover will all influence the energy required to heat a pool.

8 – Check Your pH Balance Weekly

It is essential you maintain the pH balance in your pool to prevent corrosion and relate damage to the heat exchanger. Corrosion will cause permanent damage, hindering its operation in the future.

You should test the water weekly when in regular use and always before you start the pump when the system has been idle for some time.

9 – Look To Use a Windbreak To Reduce Heat and Water Loss

Wind and sunlight cause heat and water loss through evaporation and this can affect chemistry levels. This can lead to chemical balance issues which can have further knock-on effects including damage to the heat exchanger if left un-rectified. Installing a windbreak such as a fence or a wall can help keep the wind at bay and control evaporation and heat loss.

10 – Winterize Your Heater Before Winter Arrives

Winter IceSub-zero temperatures will almost definitely cause damage to the heater due to the expansion of water as it freezes. This can be avoided by draining down the heater along with the pool.

If you run the heater for a spa through the winter then ensure you add antifreeze to the heat exchanger water to prevent freezing.

11 – Add A DIY Solar Heater to Harvest The Sun’s Energy

Solar energy is FREE and in abundance on a sunny day.  A basic solar collector and pump could raise or help maintain the temperature of the pool by a few degrees which will all help reduce the load and reliance on a Gas or Propane Heater.

A great guide to creating your own DIY Solar Heater can be found here.


We hoped you liked these tips and tricks and we’d love to hear what others you have of your own.  Just head to the comments section below:

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