Propane Pool Heater Installation

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  • 4-6 hours
  • Advanced
  • 2,000-5,700
What You'll Need
PVC pipe
PVC fittings
Propane pool heater
Propane tank
PVC cement

A propane pool heater is an important addition to many pools because otherwise, the water will be too cold even on the hottest of days. Once you get used to that temperature of the water you will be able to swim, however, it probably won't be the most comfortable experience. A pool heater will ensure that the water is heated to a comfortable temperature so that it's enjoyable. You will be able to adjust the temperature as required to ensure that the water is as comfortable as possible. Installing a propane pool heater might not be the easiest project in the world but it is possible to complete in a couple of hours, simply follow these simple steps to complete the project as quickly as possible.

Step 1 - Cement Slab

The propane pool heater should be placed on a level concrete slab so that the heater is stable. If you have gas available then you might consider using a gas heating system rather than propane as it will be cheaper. The heater will normally need to be located close to the propane tank.

Step 2 - Siting the Heater

Take the heater out of the box and position it on the cement slab. Few heaters will be bolted to the ground and will simply connect to your pools plumbing lines and propane tank. The heaters are quite heavy and this is what will keep the heater in the right position. Check that the position of the heater is correct so that you will be able to connect the plumbing and gas lines correctly.

Step 3 - Connecting the Heater

The heater will need to be connected to the water line according to the manufacturer's instructions. A hacksaw should be used to cut through the pipe so that elbow joints can be fitted to direct the water towards the heater. The pipe connected to the pump should be connected to the input of the heater, and the output should be connected to the returns pipe. When the pipe has been connected you can then remove each part and use PVC cement to fix all of the pipes together.

Step 4 - Electricity

Connect the heater to the electricity, this is necessary with all types of heaters. The electricity will be used to automate the heater. A qualified gas engineer should also be called to help connect the propane line to the heater correctly. It is possible to do this job yourself, however, you must make sure you are sure you know how to do the job correctly. This way you will be able to safely connect the heater yourself. Gas can be dangerous and it's not worth taking any chances.

Step 5 - Testing the Heater

Turn on the propane valves and fire up the heater. Check that everything works as it should do. The water should be heated by burning the propane if there are any leaks or anything isn't working correctly then you will need to diagnose the problem so that you can find out exactly what is wrong.