Swimming Pool Heater Maintenance

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Tue, Sep 15, 2009

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Pool heaters enable you to enjoy swimming all year round but they require regular maintenance if you want to keep them working.

If you don’t properly maintain your pool heater it won’t work and you won’t be able to use your pool. Keeping your pool heater running can let you use your pool year round or at least for a few extra months.

Most pool heaters burn natural or propane gas to heat the water. These heaters have to be cleaned regularly to keep the burners from clogging. Dust, debris and spider webs can all clog these burners so it’s a good idea to vacuum these heaters regularly.

If you use a propane heater check the amount of propane in the tank on a regular basis to see if you need to refill it. Keeping the propane tank refilled will keep the system running and your pool warm.

To ensure safety and prevent leaks you should check the pipes that supply gas to these heaters on a regular basis. A great way to detect leaks is to fill a spray bottle with water mixed with liquid dish soap. Spray the solution on the pipes and joints and look for bubbles. If you see bubbles you’ve got a gas leak, shut down the heater immediately and call for service.

Electrical pool heaters can be safer because they don’t use gas but they still require regular maintenance. These heaters use electrical elements to warm the water in the pool. Minerals from the pool water can build up on these elements and damage them. Regularly cleaning the elements with a wire brush can prevent this.

If an electrical element becomes worn or damaged replace it immediately to avoid electrocution. It’s a good idea to drain the pool before replacing the heating elements unless you can take the heater out of the pool. You can take the element off the heater after it’s unplugged or power is turned off and take it to the store to see what new element you need. Before getting into the pool again, test the new element to see if the heater is working properly.

When you get a new pool heater always have it installed by a professional to ensure safety. To keep your pool heater working, have it serviced by a professional at least once a year.

You can save energy and cut pool heating costs by adding a thermostat and timer to your pool heater. This will enable you to heat the water only when you need to.

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