Gas Pipe Sizing and Maintenance Requirements for Your Swimming Pool Heater
If you are installing a swimming pool heater gas line on your property, there are specific things to keep in mind with regards to proper sizing.
Our gas line services include installing natural gas systems for all exterior appliances, including pool heaters, spa heaters, fire pits, fire woks, custom fire features, and barbecues. We’re here to help you with all your gas piping needs to enjoy your backyard year long and keep your property as safe as possible.
Read on for more tips on pool heater gas pipe sizing and maintenance.
The Benefits of Gas Pool Heaters
The main benefit of choosing a gas pool heater over an electric one is efficiency. While an electric heater, on average, takes about 24-hours to heat a pool/spa, a gas pool heater will do the same in about half the time.
Gas pool heaters can keep the water at a comfortable swimming temperature as the air gets chilly, extending the swimming season indefinitely. Gas swimming pool heaters are available for in-ground pools, above-ground pools, and semi-above ground pools.
Though the cost to heat a pool using gas may vary — partially depending on the size of the pool and the current price of natural gas — you may find that there are long-term cost savings based on the fact that gas heating is generally more efficient than electric.
Your pool heater gas line must meet all state and local building codes, and permits will likely be required.
Sizing Your Pool Heater
Selecting a heater for your pool or spa is easy if you already have one, but if you’re doing a brand-new install, you’ll want to consider some important factors to do with your pool heater.
If your last heater was electric and took forever to heat up, consider switching to a gas heater, as they will work much more quickly. Here’s more about what to keep in mind for a gas pipe installation on your property.
Other factors affecting temperature include climate, weather, wind, pool covers, and other appliances using the gas line.
The size of your heater may also be a factor, and you may want to choose a larger one if you are using it for multiple accessories (a pool and spa) or if you’re looking to keep your pool warmer overall or heat it faster.
Each pool heater model is a different size to match the specific surface area of your pool .to heat a 1000 gallon spa by 30 degrees F in one hour. For instance, you’ll need a 400 BTU pool heater. To heat a 36 000 gallon pool 30 degrees F in 6 hours, your heater must be 750 BTUs.
Pool Heater Gas Line Installation
Your pool heater gas line will also need to be a specific size according to the heater model and the distance from the gas meter. In addition, gas lines need to be installed with particular factors in mind to ensure long-term functionality and safety. For instance, a lack of air may cause failure in the gas line, and venting is needed for indoor areas.
Gas piping needs to be the right size to handle the BTU of the heater, and flexible connectors should not be used for this type of piping. In addition, the right type of piping should be able to handle a given level of pressure.
A professional gas company can help you determine the right type of piping and ensure that your backyard setup is as efficient and safe as possible.
Call RP Gas Piping for Help With Your Pool Heater Gas Line in Phoenix
It is a simple task in Phoenix, AZ, and surrounding areas to run a pool heater gas line. If natural gas is available at your home or business, extending the gas pipe plumbing to a heating unit can easily be accomplished, and our licensed contractors will be there to make sure it’s done right.
RP Gas Piping is here for all your gas piping needs. We have a solid reputation for outstanding quality and service, and your safety is our priority.
When you call us, you can count on:
- Specialized expertise
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- An exceptional customer experience
RP Gas Piping has met the highest standards, and our customers leave satisfied. If you have a question about your natural gas or propane system, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.