A Pool heater can break anytime, here are some common issues.
Pool heaters help you to stretch your water playing season. If you have a pool heater, you know how great it is to be able to swim when the cooler weather sets in. You spend so much time keeping up the maintenance; you should enjoy your pool as long as possible. So, don’t throw it out,
The techs here at Round Rock Pool Pros installs and repairs pool heaters for our customers. Let us repair yours!
One thing we know about pool heaters is that there are plenty of reasons it is waiting to break. The last thing you want is for it to go out when it is too cold to swim without it.
Here are the most common reasons that a pool heater breaks:
1. Improper chemical balance in the water
When the chemicals in your water are not in the correct range, it can cause the copper in the tube of the pool heater to dissolve. Low alkalinity and ph levels will cause problems with the copper. You can actually tell if this is a problem in your pool if you see blue copper stains on your plaster.
Give us a call, and one of our team members will talk with you and tell you what to do. We will be happy to walk you through the process of how to check the levels and what to do to get them right.
2. Not the right amount of water going through the pool heater
Whether there is too much or too little water going through the heater, either can cause problems. When the water flow is too high, the pool heater exchanger can cause the tube to leak. A heater exchanger takes the hot water from its source and transfers that heat without contaminating the water with the fluid that produces the heat.
If the water levels are too low, it will cause the copper tubes to corrode, which can cause the material to be weak and brittle. In this case, the pipes will eventually leak.
3. Not enough airflow
Modern pool heaters come with a fan to blow air onto the system. Also, many types have filters that help with the airflow and proper exhaust. When the filters become dirty, it will hamper the ventilation and cause the heater to become a fire hazard.
It is also important to make sure your pool heater is installed with proper airflow. When our pool technicians install new pool heaters, we make sure there is sufficient room around the system for your safety.
4. The wrong gas pressure
One of the most common problems with pool heaters is gas pressure. When there is not enough gas flow, it will cause condensation in the pool heater, which will lead to corrosion. On the flip side of that, too much gas pressure can cause an explosion or fire. It is very dangerous if your pressure is too high.
However, if your pool heater is running but is not making the water warm enough or at all, it could be a matter of maintenance. Here are a few things you can do to troubleshoot your problem:
- Set your temperature higher- it is possible that the temp dipped lower than you realized, and simply bumping up the thermostat will resolve the problem.
- Look at the temperature sensor- the sensor may have gone out on your thermostat or it could be installed in the wrong place.
- Determine if your pool heater is the right size- if you have always had a hard time getting your pool hot enough, it could be that you have a system that is too small. You might need to get a larger unit installed.
- Check the filter- when is the last time you cleaned the filter? If it has been a while, clean it or replace it entirely.
If you have tried all of these tips and it is still not working, get in touch with us. We will be glad to come out and see what is going on with your system.
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Do not let your extended pool season pass you by. Let one of the techs from Round Rock Pool Pros come out and look at the system you have installed. We are more than happy to offer you an upgrade so that your heater is efficient.
We look forward to working with you!