The average cost of a pool heater can range anywhere from $1,000 to $8,500. For all their benefits, they are still a significant investment. That’s why at the first sign of issues or malfunctions, it‘s best to act fast to avoid losing your pool heater permanently.
In this article, the pool maintenance experts at Weber Pools Dallas will share some of the telltale signs your pool heater is in dire need of repair.
Damaged Wires are Visible
If you’ve not been using the pool for quite some time, small creatures and pests may climb into your heater and make their nests there. This is especially true during the winter when animals are looking for somewhere warm and dry.
These animals tend to chew or claw their way through the wiring and damage it. In most cases, you should be able to see the damaged wires. Do not attempt to repair the issue yourself because wires exposed to water can be a fatal combination. It’s best to contact a professional to have your pool heater repaired safely.
There’s Water Leaking Out of the Heater
Once you turn on the pool heater, check the pipes for signs of any leaks. If you found signs of dripping water or a puddle forming underneath the heater and pipes, shut the system down immediately.
Cracks might have developed somewhere in the pool heater and leaving it on increases the risk of water getting into the wiring. These cracks can be a result of regular wear and tear, as well as spikes in outdoor temperature.
Rust and Corrosion are Visible
Most pool heaters are coated with corrosion-resistant material. However, constant exposure to various weather conditions and normal wear and tear can ruin the coating on the heater, causing rust to appear.
Rust will slowly eat away the heater’s metal components, resulting in problems like leaks. Fortunately, rust and corrosion can still be cleared. If you visibly noticed rust forming on your pool heater, contact a professional to remove the corrosion and repair any damage it may have done.
It’s Not Heating Your Pool
If you’ve turned on your pool heater for a while but the water isn’t heating up, there may be a problem. This issue is usually caused by the heater’s power source. If you have a gas heater, check if the pilot light is turned on. For electrical heaters, check if the heater is properly connected to a power source.
If the issue persists despite the proper connection to a power source, your heater may need repairs. There can be a number of things preventing your heater from warming:
- Damaged heating components
- A blown-out motor
- Power issues due to damaged wiring
- An issue with the condenser
Regardless of the cause, you’ll need to have your pool heater fixed first before you can use it again. Turning it on and hoping it’ll fix itself will only increase the chances of your heater being permanently damaged.
Generally, most pool heater issues can be repaired, especially if you acted immediately. When you experience any problem with your heater, it’s best to contact a professional to help you troubleshoot and repair the problem quickly.
Weber Pools is a premier pool maintenance and repair company in Dallas, Texas. Contact us today to talk to our team if you start noticing problems with your pool heater or pumps.