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Cost of a Pool Heater

Many areas experience a limited swimming season because of short summers. If you are interested in obtaining a longer period of use, a pool heater can be an outstanding means of enhancing your swimming pool to provide comfort and enjoyment at the beginning and end of the season. There are many heating options to consider, and costs will vary greatly based on the equipment and installation needs. It's important to know the dimensions of your inground or above ground pool as you find the best heating choice for your system.

National Install a Swimming Pool Heater Costs

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National Install a Swimming Pool Heater Costs
Average reported cost $2,498
Number of Cost Profiles 442 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $5,000
Most homeowners spent between: $2,139 to $3,064

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Pool Sizing

Your pool's dimensions will impact your selection of a unit as you decide on a system that can handle the volume of water contained. It's reasonable to expect pricing to be greater for systems that are capable of handling a large amount of water. It's important that you don't select an oversized unit because you can experience energy waste and impact on the pool chemistry if the water is too hot.

Climate Needs

Your climate already plays a role in your swimming season, and cooler climates tend to experience less days of swimming opportunity when supplemental heating isn't available. If you will be installing a heating unit for use in a zone that experiences short summers, then you will want to invest in a reliable system that is built for heavy use. Those located in warmer climates, meanwhile, may need a limited amount of supplemental heating for extending the swimming season. Solar heating for swimming can be much less expensive than a gas heater or electric heat pump, a great solution in a sunny zone. A heat pump is ideal for use in conditions that aren't extreme, and gas or propane selections are more suitable for areas where swimming is planned during colder months.

Professional or Personal Installation

Doing your own installation may be the most affordable solution, but you might want to consider a few reasons for professional service before you decide. If your heating unit is heavy, for example, then the assistance of a contractor could be important for ensuring proper placement and connections.

Additionally, professional service tends to include a guarantee of both work and equipment, important for dealing with any problems in your initial months of use. Damage caused by errors in your handling and installation, meanwhile, may not be covered. Small units may be more suitable for personal installation, but the cost of professional installation may be warranted if you aren't comfortable with handling the equipment.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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