Pool Heater Repairs

An excellent swimming pool is enhanced by a heated one. Even though your pool heater may last a long time, it will eventually require service or repair. We at Patriot Pool and Spa can fix the issue and help you avoid buying a new pool heater. With a pool heater, you and your family can enjoy your pool all year long. We provide professional pool heater repair services in Austin, Dallas, Southlake, and surrounding areas. Make your pool comfortable again by relying on our trained technicians.

Common Pool Heater Complications

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Pool heaters can malfunction for a variety of reasons. Any pool heater repair should be handled by skilled and certified pool repair technicians. In general, pool heaters require more skilled contractors than pool pumps since their components can be highly complex. Here’s a list of some of the most common heated pool complications we’ve encountered:

  • Heater Fails to Turn On: Your pool heater failing to turn on could be as simple as a dirty or clogged filter. A clogged filter can cause your heater to turn off completely. If your heater is electrical, it could mean that the inside terminals have corroded. It’s always a good sign to schedule a maintenance appointment if your heater doesn’t turn on.
  • Not Heating Your Pool Properly: You could find that your heated pool isn’t a heated pool if your heater is malfunctioning. A clogged or dirty filter can also cause improper heating, but it could also be that the heater isn’t the correct size to heat your pool thoroughly. Depending on the size of your filter, it might not be able to generate enough heated water to keep your pool at a constant temperature.
  • Strange Noises: It’s never a good sign if your pool heater makes noises such as a grating or a grinding sound. A dirty or clogged filter can also cause this. Strange sounds can also be the result of failure or fault pressure switches. When this happens, it’s highly recommended to call a professional.
  • Your Pool Heater Cycles On and Off: A straightforward issue usually caused by a water flow issue, a dirty filter, or a closed valve. Sometimes, this issue can be caused by the thermostat requiring a new one installed.
  • Leaking Pool Heater: Over the lifespan of your pool heater, the chemicals used to keep your water balanced can damage the heat exchanger. Another cause is lower winter temperatures; sometimes, you must replace the exchanger.

What Are the Different Types of Pool Heaters?

In addition to extending the swimming season with a pool heater, the type of heater you pick will determine what maintenance and repairs you’ll have to perform. Pool heaters are chosen depending on the frequency of use and the size of the area that needs to be heated. Here is a breakdown of the different types and benefits of pool heaters:

  • Heat Pump Pool Heater: This heater is highly recommended if you want to use your pool daily or keep a constant temperature. These are great for maintaining water temperature when the air temperature stays warm.
  • Gas Pool Heater: If you only use your pool on weekends, parties, or special occasions, a gas heater will work best for you. Gas heaters can heat the water quicker than a heat pump.
  • Gas and Heat Pump Combination: These are best used with a spa attached to your pool. The heat pump can maintain the temperature in your pool, while the gas heater can handle the spa.
  • Solar Pool Heater: Solar heaters are designed to absorb heat from the sun and transfer that to your pool. Solar heaters are the cheapest and least reliable heating systems, as they depend heavily on sun exposure.
  • Solar and Heat Pump Combination: This combination is the most energy-efficient method of keeping your pool comfortable. The heat pump will ensure a constant temperature, while the solar panels can provide warmth during the day.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Pool Heater

Because pool heaters are expensive, making the most of them is essential. The lifespan of a pool heater can range from 10 to 25 years, depending on its type, maintenance, and routine service. You can rest assured that your pool heater will receive only high-quality repairs and maintenance when you use our repair services. Besides prolonging the life of your pool heater, you can also do the following:

  • Check Your Water’s Balance: We recommend checking your water’s chemical balance monthly to ensure your pool heater’s exchanger and internal components are not calcified or eroded.
  • Maintain Proper Water Flow: Checking your filter is an absolute must. Backwashing or rinsing your filter every time your heater’s pressure gauge gets high will ensure proper water flow. Not checking your filter can lead to several issues, such as power cycling, strange noises, or refusal to turn on.
  • Routine Pool Heater Maintenance: Having your pool heater repaired and serviced routinely will significantly prolong your pool heater’s life. We recommend having one of our technicians come out at least twice a year. Once when you first open your pool for summer, and the other right before you fully cover your pool for the winter. This will help identify any areas of concern to ensure you get any repairs handled quickly.

Take Advantage of Our Pool Heater Repair Services

Your pool heater is essential to your pool system, enabling you to enjoy swimming all year long. As time goes on, however, your pool heater may become old and stop working. Repairing a pool heater correctly and safely requires specific knowledge and understanding, unlike repairing a pool pump.

You could save money if you use our pool heater repair services. With the experience of our highly trained team, we can provide safe and thorough maintenance. After we inspect and service your pool heater, it will function like new. In case of complications, please get in touch with our professional team.

Tips for Handling Pool Heater Repairs

Multiple factors can lead to the failure of your pool heater. We recommend contacting our technicians to troubleshoot the issue, but there are a few things the average homeowner can do. Sometimes, problems that appear to be related to the pool heater are not. Here are some simple troubleshooting tips to help you figure out what’s causing the issue:

  • Inspect Your Filter: Regardless of the pool heater you have, you’ll need to have a clean and unclogged filter for it to work properly. A dirty filter can stop your pool heater from working as intended causing multiple complications such as strange noises or even failure to turn on.
  • Check Your Fittings: Ensuring your fittings are tight and snug is vital as your heater requires steady water pressure and a good seal to maintain performance.
  • Inspect All Electrical Connections and Terminals: With electric or solar pool heaters, a fault connection can result in a heater that won’t turn on or may trigger a failsafe feature. Be sure to unplug your heater before you perform any troubleshooting to ensure you remain safe. When looking at any electrical connections, note frayed, split, loose wires or corrosion. If found, call our team as soon as possible.
  • Check Your Pressure Sensor: A bad pressure sensor can ensure your pool heater will sense that there is no water in the pool and automatically switch off the pump.
  • Heat Exchanger Issues: Similar to the water heater in your home, the anodes can become corroded or be covered in a layer of lime. To help stop this, checking and balancing the chemicals in your pool is recommended.

Schedule Your Pool Heater Repair Today

Avoid the frustration of jumping into a cold pool with our pool heater repair services. Pool heater repairs and troubleshooting are not something you should attempt on your own. Our professionals at Patriot Pool and Spa can repair your pool heater. You’ll know the total cost before we begin repairs because we offer comprehensive and efficient repairs.

Our team strives to exceed customers’ expectations through quick, responsive service appointments. Contact one of our offices today to schedule your pool heater repair. Our offices are located in Austin, Dallas, and Southlake.




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