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As a local business, we have seen our fair share of chilly nights and cold winters. If you're a pool owner that likes to swim year-round, or if you have a dedicated spa, you probably have a heater installed in your system and you know that a heater can significantly extend your swimming season. Although your heater isn't critical to maintaining safe and sanitary water, it is an important piece of equipment that allows you to enjoy your pool or spa when the weather isn't exactly perfect. Just like any other equipment, pool heaters may require repairs or replacement from time-to-time. That's when you turn to Priority Pool Service. Our experienced technicians will quickly diagnose your problem and get your heater back up and running.

We believe in transparency and good, old-fashioned communication. From scheduling a service call to a completed repair, you won’t have to wonder what’s going on, how much the repair might cost, or when it will be finished.

As one of the most professional and highest-rated pool repair companies, we stand behind the quality of our work. If we make a mistake, we will be back to fix it immediately and at no additional cost to you.

When it comes to pool heaters, we do it all

We specialize in all aspects of pool heater repairs and installations, including:

  • Installing a new heater
  • Replacing a broken or outdated heater
  • Upgrading to a larger or more efficient heater
  • Replacing the internal thermostat
  • Replacing the pressure switch
  • Diagnosing and repairing circuit board or other electrical issues
  • Identifying and repairing internal or plumbing leaks
  • Replacing the flow switch
  • Diagnosing ignitor issues

We are able to diagnose and repair just about any issue. If we can't repair it, or if it doesn't make economic sense, we can help you choose a new replacement heater. Either way, we will do our best to get your heater running again quickly.

Speedy repairs to bring your heater back online

As with most things in life, you don't know that something isn't working until you need it the most, and pool heaters are no exception. We understand how frustrating this can be, which is why we offer quick repair services to get your heater working again. With fast and efficient repair services, you can rest assured that we will have your pool heater will be up and running again in no time. Plus, with our seasoned professionals handling the repairs, you can be confident that your pool heater will be fixed correctly and to the highest standard.

We work with all major brands and suppliers

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality pool equipment and products to our customers. We understand the importance of having a reliable pool heater that can withstand the test of time, which is why we supply all major brands of pool heaters, including Pentair, Hayward, and Jandy.

Whether you are looking for a new heater installation or need a replacement for an existing heater, we have the expertise and knowledge to help you select the right heater for your needs.

Our team of experienced technicians will not only help you select the right brand, but we will also assist with installation, repair, and maintenance, ensuring that your pool is always running smoothly and efficiently.

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Our comprehensive guide to pool heaters

If you're considering purchasing a pool heater, it's essential to understand that the type and sizing are critical factors in selecting the correct model for your pool. In general, most pool heaters intended for residential use fall into two main categories: gas-fired and electric resistance pool heaters. Both options come with various features that can improve effectiveness and efficiency, such as dual thermostats to ensure even water heating throughout the pool or automatic timers for consistent functioning.

Solar pool heaters also offer an economical way to keep your swimming warm without increasing energy consumption costs, but solar will generally not permit the water to heat higher than 85 to 90 degrees, depending upon the time of year and the amount of direct sunlight your home receives. Ultimately, choosing the right pool heater will depend on the size and usage of your particular space, as well as other factors such as local climate conditions and desired temperature settings.

A quick look at the history of pool heaters

Pool heaters were first commercialized in the 1960s, revolutionizing the experience of swimming outdoors and allowing homeowners to enjoy swimming pools even during colder seasons. Over the years, technology has advanced dramatically with the introduction of energy-efficient pool heaters that are both efficient and cost-effective. Nowadays, they come in various styles and sizes, ranging from solar, electric, and gas types. Very high-efficiency units can get up to 99% efficiency compared to earlier models, which had an efficiency level usually below 80%. In addition, today's heaters are built with a much higher level of safety features than previously available - providing a safe pool experience all year round.

But how do you know which pool heater is best for you, let alone understand the benefits of each? That's where the pool specialists at Priority Pool Service come in. We have put together this comprehensive guide to pool heaters to tell you all about the types of pool heaters and the factors you want to consider when choosing the best one for your pool!

General types of pool heaters

Having a pool heater installed in your home extends your swim season far beyond the typical May to September allotment, meaning you can more consistently enjoy your pool all year round. Pool heaters utilize the existing pool equipment pad and skirt around external weather conditions to give you the perfect temperature water, even if it's cool outside. With their energy-efficient designs, you no longer have to be limited to brief glimpses of summertime fun. Instead, you can turn your backyard into a warm oasis regardless of the temperature outside.

When temperatures start to cool down, it can be challenging to keep your pool warm and enjoyable. So consider investing in a pool heater to stay comfortable. From gas burners to electric heat pumps, you have several great options with unique benefits to make swimming season last longer. Before purchasing your pool heater, be sure to read this guide to learn everything you need to know about pool heaters.

Here are the three main types of pool heaters:

Gas heaters

Gas pool heaters are quickly becoming the go-to choice for many homeowners who want to enjoy their pools year-round. They're both efficient and affordable, making them the most popular choice today. Gas pool heaters can warm your pool water to a comfortable temperature in usually just a few hours or less, depending upon the size of your pool, allowing you to upgrade your outdoor space without breaking your budget. Plus, you can easily adjust the gas output depending on how hot or cold you'd like it - this is an added benefit if you live in an area that experiences an extensive range of temperatures throughout the year. So whether it's for mid-summer relaxation or cool fall evenings, gas pool heaters can help make sure that your outdoor oasis will provide enjoyment all season long.

Although gas pool heaters are relatively inexpensive to buy and install compared to other forms of pool heating, they should be regarded cautiously as they're not very cost-effective or energy efficient in the long run. Gas heaters can require additional maintenance every two years in order to function optimally, but regardless of how well maintained they stay, these heaters tend to have a shorter lifespan than other forms of heating; their maximum operating time is usually only around five years before they begin to break down and need repairs.

Electric heaters

Electric pool heaters are an excellent choice for those who want to save money in the short and long run. They may come with a higher up-front cost than other options, but their operating costs are relatively low due to their high-efficiency levels. This means that you will spend less on electricity bills over time. Moreover, when installed properly, these units usually have an expected life span of ten years or more - so once purchased, they can work reliably for quite some time without requiring any replacement parts or professional maintenance. Overall, electric pool heaters provide reliable heating solutions that can be an excellent investment for those interested in energy efficiency and cost savings.

Pool owners are increasingly adopting electric heaters as a more sustainable alternative to gas heaters. However, it is essential to note that these pumps take longer to warm up your pool due to them using ambient air temperature; this means that energy bills can climb in the winter months when outside temperatures are lower and the air is less able to provide enough energy for the heater to satisfy heating requirements. And because electric heaters are dependent upon ambient air, they tend to work less efficiently in dry environments that lack in humidity. Still, while electric heaters have their challenges and do cost more than their gas counterparts, they ultimately pay themselves off over time with significant savings on energy bills in the long run.

Solar heaters

With its year-round sunny skies and glorious temperatures, you are in an excellent place to enjoy your backyard pool. A solar pool heater is a perfect way to turn an enjoyable pastime into an eco-friendly one. Solar pool heaters provide advantages both financially and environmentally. Aside from having no operational costs and being energy efficient, solar heaters are designed with built-in durability, meaning they will last for around ten years or more with minimal maintenance and upkeep. So get ready to bask in the sun while cutting down on electricity bills - that's the beauty of having a solar pool heater!

Solar heaters are a popular, efficient way to heat swimming pools in sunny locations. However, cloudy spells or colder months may reduce the potential of solar heating systems to keep the pool warm, as the devices rely on sunlight to warm the water. It's important to note that solar heaters generally are not capable of heating the water more than 85 to 90 degrees. So if you have a spa and wanted to heat your water to more than 100 degrees, you'd need either a gas or electric heater. And in order to guarantee a warm pool even during overcast days and winter chills, it's best to supplement solar heaters with other heating sources, such as a gas or electric heaters, which can be programmed to turn on when the temperature drops below a certain point. By combining these two energy sources effectively, you can ensure that your pool is comfortably heated year-round.

Factors to consider when choosing a pool heater

With the influx of pool heater options on the market today, it can be challenging to determine which type will best meet your needs. The first factor to consider is the fuel source: do you want a natural gas or electric heater? Based upon the pros and cons we listed above, what makes the most sense for you? Do you have a source of natural gas on your property? The second factor to consider is price and ongoing cost to run. Are you wanting to save money today, but in return might have to spend more in order to heat your pool? And lastly, how large is your pool and when do you envision using the heater? Additionally, it is important to consider the manufacturer and the warranty you receive. Let's take a closer look at some of these factors.

Pool size

When it comes to pool heaters, size matters, and you need to consider both the pool's physical size and volume to make an informed decision when selecting the best heating unit for your needs. A heater should have enough BTUs (British Thermal Units) to raise the temperature of your pool by one degree every hour, at a minimum. Luckily, this number can be calculated relatively quickly depending on how large your pool is; multiply the volume of your pool, in gallons, by 8.34, and you will have your BTU requirement per hour. For example, a 20,000 gallon pool will require at least 166K BTUs. Pool heaters range in size from 75K-400K BTUs, so it is essential to ensure you are getting a heater that meets or exceeds your desired output. We always recommend going bigger, as the incremental cost of the larger heating unit is usually negligible in comparison to the additional performance you are getting.

Location and climate

Choosing the right pool heater for your climate and location can be daunting. It requires engine mechanics and energy conservation knowledge depending on local temperatures, fuel availability, and installation environment. Gas heaters provide the most rapid heating in cold climates but incur higher running costs than solar-powered systems; in areas with fewer chilly days, an electric heater may be more economical since it does not require as much fuel or maintenance. Furthermore, if you plan to install a system outdoors, all-weather protection must be considered to ensure that rain and snow do not damage the equipment over time. Consulting a professional pool specialist who understands regional factors is highly recommended before deciding on any type of pool heater.


Choosing the right pool heater can be a tricky and expensive investment. Many people struggle to find the balance between cost and quality when making a major purchase such as this one, so it is essential to consider all your options. Various factors may affect the type and price of the heater that best suits your needs; size, climate, fuel source, energy efficiency rating, and desired features must all be considered when selecting a model. Your research should also include studying energy costs for different fuels available in your area - natural gas or propane are usually the least expensive - to ensure that you not only get long-term quality from your purchase but also a heater that will cost less in the long run. When weighing cost versus quality, it is essential to make sure you don't sacrifice one for the other while choosing the best solution.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is an essential factor to consider when choosing a pool heater. Most pool heaters are powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane, and each has advantages and disadvantages regarding energy efficiency. For example, electric pool heaters usually have the lowest operational costs but require the highest upfront costs. On the other hand, natural gas-powered models tend to be more efficient than propane-powered models and can raise your pool's temperature more quickly than electric models. When selecting a pool heater, look into the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which will give you an assessment of how efficiently your heater works throughout the year.


When it comes to selecting a pool heater, the importance of ongoing maintenance should not be overlooked. Without regular maintenance, a pool heater becomes less efficient over time, and its lifespan can decline significantly. To ensure optimal efficiency and performance from your pool heating system, it is recommended that the heating element and water flow lines be inspected annually for any buildup or blockages or any other mechanical issues that could arise.

Expected lifespan

When choosing a pool heater, you should consider the expected lifespan of both the type of pool heater as well as the specific model you purchase. As we discussed, gas heaters typically have the shortest lifespan, usually between 5 and 10 years. Electric heaters will usually last between 10 to 15 years, and a solar heater can easily last more than 10 years. Furthermore, certain products are built with advanced features and multiple safety elements to give you peace of mind during their years of use. Considering all these factors will help ensure you spend your money wisely and make a heating system investment that lasts.

As you can see, selecting the correct pool heater requires consideration of every advantage and disadvantage. But don't worry, we can help you decide what's best for you and our experienced technicians can install it for you. Contact us today to learn more about how you can keep your pool warm and usable all year long.

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