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Old 01-17-2020, 01:53 AM
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Greetings Villagers!
I bought a pool home recently that has a solar heating system. Needless to say, it's just not doing the job adequately enough during the winter months.
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has added an electric pool heater to augment their solar system.
I'd love to know how your installation experience went, and how satisfied you are after the sale.
Thank you in advance.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:15 AM
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Had an electric only in NC--$600.00/month bill for the house--$450/ was the pool
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Old 01-17-2020, 05:36 AM
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Use gas heater, they can install an underground tank if you don’t have gas available, much more cost effective. If you have a gas grill or fire pit then can add a connection and stop having to get the tank refilled.
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:04 AM
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There are two ways you can heat a pool with electricity. One was posted above, resistance heat, cheaper to install but consumes three times the power of a heat pump heater. I have one of those but I haven't received the first electric bill yet.

The cost of a heat pump for just the part is close to three grand on Amazon.
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Old 01-17-2020, 11:22 AM
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Look into a heat pump, no fuel, takes heat from the air to warm the water. Reverse air conditioner
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Old 01-17-2020, 11:30 AM
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I have always had heat pump when I have a pool. We bought a home with solar and had a heat pump too. Never used the solar.
I like the water warm!

I did make a mistake with my heat pump. It does not automatically circulate to maintain the temp. The pump must be on manually. Just a little annoying.

I don’t keep records of electric cost, but have never noticed a huge increase in my bills.

It is surprising how quickly pool heats. The pool is 10 x 20 and 4 ft deep
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We have a supplemental gas heater installed by T&D. Only turn it on when we need it. Solar does the rest.
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Old 01-17-2020, 01:25 PM
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You will spend big $$ with electric. Gas or heat pump only
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:30 AM
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Used T&D Pool and spa. Did not have Solar but went with an electric heater. Bought the largest one they had and was only $400.00 additional.
I can heat my pool in half the time and because of that unit runs half the time.
So suggest going bigger you will not regret it
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:13 AM
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Go with the biggest heat pump you can get. I have a 140K heat pump on a 7,000 gallon pool. I use a solar cover at night to prevent heat loss. We keep the pool at 88 this time of year. It takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to heat to 88 each morning. The heater adds about $30 to our monthly electric bill.

Gas is far more expensive than a heat pump - especially if you have to use propane. A heat pump like mine runs around $3,100 (uninstalled), while a 400K gas heater will run around $2,400 (unless you need put in a propane tank - then you need to add that cost). You'll make up the difference in price the first year.

Our pool builder used all Hayward. If I were buying my own heat pump, I would look at the AquaCal line. It is more efficient and quieter in operation than the Hayward. Hayward and Pentair, for heat pumps, are very similar in specs.

If you go to troublefreepool online you'll find more info about pools than you ever imagined!

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:32 AM
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I have Heat Pump for my pool , for past six years.
Prior home in S W Fl had one for 20 years still going strong when I moved.
They take longer to heat than gas just plan ahead, a lot cheaper to run vs gas.
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:11 AM
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Are you using a pool blanket with the solar heater
Ours worked like a charm
Also helps if your solar panel heater gets adequate sun
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We have a larger pool heated with propane. Propane is too expensive to heat with during the winter ($2.50-5.00 per gallon), so we paid $5000 last week to install a heat pump. It keeps the pool fairly warm so we merely supplement the heat pump with propane to keep it at 84. Have not yet received our first electric bill. We got a Pentaire compatible heat pump purchased through Pinch a Penny.
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Look into adding extra solar panels to your system. It works well for me. My pool is 80+ except for about 6 weeks in the winter. Then it's mostly in the mid to upper 70's.
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:37 AM
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Go with the biggest heat pump you can get. I have a 140K heat pump on a 7,000 gallon pool. I use a solar cover at night to prevent heat loss. We keep the pool at 88 this time of year. It takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to heat to 88 each morning. The heater adds about $30 to our monthly electric bill.

Gas is far more expensive than a heat pump - especially if you have to use propane. A heat pump like mine runs around $3,100 (uninstalled), while a 400K gas heater will run around $2,400 (unless you need put in a propane tank - then you need to add that cost). You'll make up the difference in price the first year.

Our pool builder used all Hayward. If I were buying my own heat pump, I would look at the AquaCal line. It is more efficient and quieter in operation than the Hayward. Hayward and Pentair, for heat pumps, are very similar in specs.

If you go to troublefreepool online you'll find more info about pools than you ever imagined!

Hope this helps!
Thank you Irvalley for the info. My solar system keeps the pool between 70-75 degrees this time of year so I'll only need to boost it by 10 degrees or so. Any installers you can recommend?
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