Solar Pool Heater Installation – How to Install One?

A solar pool heater can do wonders for your swimming pool experience; it can help you make the most out of your luxurious pool right in your own backyard. However, for you to reap all the benefits of a solar pool heater, it is important that you know how to install a solar pool heater properly. If a solar pool heater is not properly installed, it won’t work as smoothly as it should.

All solar pool heating systems are packed with installation guides that can take you through the process. Installation, however, is affected by various factors.

These factors include the climate and temperature of your area, the solar resource of the area, local building code requirements, and other issues concerning safety.

To make sure you install your solar pool heater properly, you can seek help from a contractor who can help you install your solar pool heating system. And if you haven’t ordered one yet, a contractor can help you pick out the most appropriate solar pool system for your specific needs. But of course, you also need to pick out the best contractor for the job.

Finding the best contractor who can assist you in installing a solar pool heater is also a process. It would be best to screen potential contractors first to be sure you go with someone who knows what he’s doing. While screening, compare the contractors’ company backgrounds, company experiences, personal experiences, and company licenses and certificates.

These factors will help point you to the right contractor who can give you a hand. Make sure not to just use price as the only guide; some contractors offer cheap services but do a lousy job. Make sure to find a balance between good value and good performance so you won’t face any trouble in the future. If you want to be sure, you can ask family, friends, and neighbors in case they know which contractors are great to work with.

However, it helps to know exactly how your solar pool heater works so you should also be involved in its installation. Just consult your solar pool heating system’s manual for the detailed instructions on proper heater installation. The processes may vary based on the specific type of solar collector you have.

Also, it is important that the solar pool heater be properly connected to the filter to ensure the continuous and smooth flow of the water to the heating device itself, which means that if the filter and the solar pool heater are not well-connected, the system will not work as it is supposed to.

Unfortunately, work does not end with the installation of a solar pool heater. You need to properly and continuously maintain the solar pool heating system to keep it in great shape for as long as it could last. Normally, a well cared for solar pool heater can last for around 10 to 20 years.

You can hire a contractor to do regular maintenance on your system, but if you want to save money, you can do most of the work yourself. The different components of the system, especially the solar collector, should be paid special attention to.

The solar collector sometimes becomes glazed, so it should be cleaned on a regular basis, especially if you live in a dry climate. In such conditions, the lack of rain means that dirt can easily accommodate on the surface of your solar collector, and the presence of dirt can reduce the efficiency of the solar collector. In maintaining your solar pool heater after installation, make sure to check on the chemical balance of the pool as well as the filtration system.

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JT March 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Lets learn…

sean April 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hey everyone, after weeks of frustration trying to figure the right valve to connect my solar panel heating to my pump/ intex pool, and with no luck finding anything. Including intex saying you can’t hook they’re pools up to solar heaters, I am having a friend who is a machinist make me one out of aluminum that will fit any intex pool system including a salt water filter which we are using. So if anyone else has had the same issues and needs the right valve as well, let me know I would be glad to help get you one as well. You can email me at

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