Make the Switch to Warmth: Installing Your Home Electric Pool Heater
If you want to warm up your pool and take advantage of swimming all year round, installing an electric pool heater is a great solution. It’s a relatively simple project that the average do-it-yourselfer should be able to handle with moderate experience. To make sure the installation process goes smoothly, it’s important to follow all of the necessary steps. This article will outline how to install an electric pool heater so you can enjoy a heated pool all season long.
First, you will need to find a spot for the heater that is near both a commercial power outlet and the pool’s water pump and filter. It’s essential that the heater be close to both of these so you avoid the need for long runs of PVC pipe that may inhibit the flow of water to your pool. If it’s not possible to place the heater close to both of these things, you can either have an outlet installed or install long runs of PVC pipe.
Once you have the heater in the appropriate spot, you can start the water connection process. At the exit pipe from the filter coming out of the pool, mark a spot adjacent to the heater’s water pipe connection. Make a second mark 6” away from the first spot to identify where the water from the heater will enter the pipe. Take a cut out of the water pipe between the two marks, then cut two pieces of PVC pipe to the length necessary to extend from the fittings on the heater to the elbow fittings you’ll attach to the water pipe.
Glue a PVC elbow fitting to the end of the pipe coming from the filter and insert one of the PVC pieces. Attach a fitting to the heater at its water input opening and insert the end of the PVC pipe into the elbow, then fit the other end of the same piece into the fitting you’ve attached to the heater. Make sure to glue the joints at the elbow and the heater fitting. Now repeat this process with the other fitted PVC pipe, connecting it to the output opening of the heater and the far end of the pipe to the elbow fitting on the pipe that delivers water to the pool.
With the installation process finished, you can now plug in the heater’s AC cord, turn on the pool pump and filter, and do a few minutes of waiting. As the water in the pool should now be at a comfortable temperature, you can suit up and enjoy a enjoyable heated swim. With an electric pool heater, you can enjoy swimming year-round and make the most out of your pool.