How Long Should a Pool Heater Last?

Apr 26, 2019

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Pool heater longevity – how to get the longest life out of your pool heater

One of the most frustrating things about owning a swimming pool is the short lifespan of your expensive pool heater. Why don’t pool heaters last longer than just a few years? There are two main factors to consider…the pH of the pool water and the corrosive chemicals that you put into the pool water. Your pool heater works by forcing your pool water through a metallic heat exchanger which in turn transfers the heat to the water. Now, take a wild guess what happens when you put salt water or chlorinated water through these metallic heat exchangers? Well, just like in your high school chemistry class…the metal will oxidize and corrode. I have remodeled thousands of pools over the past 18 years and I have seen that pools with chlorine or salt in the water will result in reduced life span of all of the pool components, including the heater. After many years of telling clients things like “There’s not enough salt in the water to cause corrosion.” or “The only time a pool component like your heater will oxidize is if the pool isn’t properly bonded.” or “The reason your heater died in 2 years is because YOU failed to keep the pH levels correct.” While it’s true that pH plays a role in heater longevity, my experience has shown me a clear problem with salt damage to pool equipment (including heaters).

So what can you do? The answer is very simple…stop using salt or chlorine to sanitize your pool water. I mean it is 2022 after all. In 1995, salt chlorinators were a big deal, but new technology has made these systems completely obsolete.

Popular high-tech sanitation systems, such as the ZeroChlor Pool System keep your pool crystal clear without the use of salt, chlorine, or ozone. They offer some pretty big improvements over salt and chlorine systems. First, everything on the pool lasts longer…a lot longer. You can see why many pool companies don’t want you to know about this system. If your pool heater lasts twice as long…they will only be able to sell you half as many heaters over the years. But what if everything lasts longer? Your pump, filter, liner, plaster, walls, plumbing, heater, etc. won’t need to be replaced as often, saving you massive amounts of money over the years. Second, the water you swim in is healthier…a lot healthier. Swimming in salt or chlorine used to be the only option pool owners had. So the risk of exposing your eyes and skin to salt and chlorine seemed like the lesser of two evils. Swim in unhealthy chemicals or possibly get sick from tainted pool water. The ZeroChlor Pool System gives you the best of both worlds…sanitized AND fresh water. Another reason people are moving away from salt is environmentalism. Pool water sanitized with a ZeroChlor Pool System can be used to water your garden or grass…seriously.

On January 1st, 2020, Lazy Day Pools stopped installing salt systems on swimming pools under any circumstances. We made this decision because we want to be able to sleep at night. We have installed ZeroChlor Pool Systems all over the State of Georgia over the past couple of years (often as an add on to a heater replacement) and we have never had a complaint. 100% of our clients say they would not consider going back to salt or chlorine. Also, the UGA water lab recently tested several swimming pools equipped with the ZeroChlor Pool System for E.Coli and found that the water in all of these pools was at least 325 times LOWER than the standard set for residential swimming pools. If you need a new or replacement pool heater, please call 678-374-4426 for a free quote.

AOP technology and titanium produced hydroxyl radicals will make chlorine as a swimming pool sanitizer obsolete within the next few years.