Gas Heater for above ground pool

valley11May 23, 2011

Hi-I am looking to have a natural gas heater installed for my 15x30 foot above ground pool. The problem is that I have gotten widely conflicting opinions on the amount of BTU's that are recommended, anywhere from 100,000 to 350,000. Also, any brand recommendations would be very helpful. THANK YOU

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golfgeek

valley11,
Depends on how fast you want to heat the water. 100K to 400k will work. Check the heater charts for a difinitive answer based on your gallonage, flow rate, air temp. Info is available on most heater websites; Pentair, Sta-Rite, Hayward, Jandy, etc.
Be prepared to spend a couple grand+ to get it done.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 11:57AM
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valley11

Thank you. I think we have narrowed it down to between Pentair and Raypak. Any ideas on which is a better product?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 8:12AM
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two25acres

Consider solar mats for heating as well if you haven't already. We are in the SE area of Wisconsin. Have a 27 foot - 54 inch above ground and use 4 2 x 20 mats. Last year we averaged 84 - 86 without the use of the solar cover. We are pretty windy here and should use the cover but hate pulling it off and putting it on.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 9:52AM
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golfgeek

valley11,
Both Pentair and Raypak or good product choices.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 12:41PM
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valley11

Thank you all for replying. We are thinking we may do a heat pump instead. We aren't sure which to do. Any opinions?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 9:24AM
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