Do You Need a Replacement Pool Heater?

Posted by Butter Plumbing

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Swimming pools go along with Las Vegas just like our world-class casinos and hotels do. Pool heaters allows you to make use of your pool even during the comparatively chilly desert winters and ensure that your pool remains warm and comfortable no matter what the weather is like. But pool heaters can wear out just like anything else, and if you suspect yours has run its race, now is an excellent time to schedule the installation of a new one.

Signs of Trouble

Pool heaters usually last about 8-10 years, though regular maintenance and timely repairs can extend that period in many cases. Once you reach that spot, you should check your pool heater for sings that it needs replacing. Such signs can include:

  • Rust and corrosion on metal parts and other nearby components. We don’t often think to look for that since our climate is so dry, but the humidity of your pool can easily lead to it.
  • Problems functioning. If your heater makes odd noises when it turns on, if it fails to heat the water sufficient, or you detect any other sings that it’s not doing its job the way it’s supposed to, you need to consider repairs at least. And if those repairs cost more than the unit is worth, then a replacement may be in order.
  • Control board issues. A problem with the heater’s control board will usually result in an “ERROR” message or something similar indicating a problem. Again, sometimes that can mean a repair session to correct it, though it the pool heater is older and the control board needs to be replaced, it might be smart to replace the whole system.
  • Leaks or strange puddles of water appearing in the vicinity of the water heater.
  • Rapid¬†cycling, in which the heater turns on and off at shorter intervals than you expected.
  • Smoke or similar discharge coming from the heater.

What to Look for in a New Pool Heater

A trained plumber can help you go through the process of selecting a new pool heater before conducting an installation, but it pays to know some of the basics before you start:

  • Heater Type. Heaters usually come in one of three basic types: gas, electric and solar powered. In most cases, you’ll want a replacement system of the same type as your old one, but in some cases, it my pay to switch up (replacing an inefficient gas unit with a solar-powered one, for instance).
  • Power Output. Pool heaters emanate a specific amount of heat, which has to match the size of your pool. In most cases, it’s determined by cubic feet of water, though a few subtle details may be involved as well, such as sunlight exposure.
  • Efficiency.¬†Once the power output levels have been selected, the next step is to find the heater with the highest amount of efficiency. That will keep operating costs low and let you enjoy your new heater without paying quite so much.

Call Butter Plumbing today to discuss your pool heater options in Las Vegas, NV.

 

 

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