There are several pros and cons to using standard heaters for pool heat. Traditionally, the most common ways to heat pools has been using a gas pool heater. While there are many pros to using a gas heater to provide pool heat- such as the ability to heat a pool quickly and easy pool maintenance- they aren’t the best option.

Solar pool heating has become a much more popular pool heating method due to its cost-efficiency and energy saving abilities. Here are just a few common problems gas pool heaters face that aren’t applicable to solar pool heating system:

  • Failure to ignite: Gas pool heaters tend to have the occasional problem of failing to ignite. More often than not, this is due to the pilot light being turned off or the gas valve ending up in the wrong position.
  • Cold pool: If the thermostat is set to the wrong temperature, using a gas heater for pool heat can be a hassle. Gas pool heaters also struggle to get to a warm enough temperature when the weather is too cold.
  • Leaks: Gas pool heaters are susceptible to leaks from time to time. Sometimes leaks are caused by the chemicals used to clean the pool because they damage the heater’s exchanger.
  • Burn marks and exhaust: In extremely hot temperatures, it’s not uncommon for gas pool heaters to become damaged or even emit dark black smoke. However, in some cases, a high wind stack can solve this problem.

While gas pool heaters definitely have some pros, solar pool heating is a much for efficient method when it comes to pool heat.  A solar pool heating system is the best way to both save energy and heat your pool. By using the sun’s energy to heat your pool, there is very little pool maintenance required with a solar pool heating system- and it’s incredibly cost-efficient!