Pool Heater FAQs | In The Swim (2024)

Not with Teledyne Laars/ Jandy. Everything you need for convenient, efficient operation is part of the heater package. In our gas-fired models with pilot light, included are such features as the Visoflame pilot lighting device that puts the pilot where it can be seen for fast checkout and easy lighting. Series 2 model ESC heaters have an electronic temperature controller which provides two separate temperature settings for the pool and spa modes of operation. This model also has electronic intermittent ignition for even lower operating costs.

Will my pool heater require much maintenance?

Not if it’s a Teledyne Laars/ Jandy. Usually, one maintenance inspection a year is sufficient to keep your heater working efficiently. Maintenance is largely a preventive measure used to safeguard your heater’s working condition. The ruggedness, corrosion-free construction and long-lasting finish of our heaters combine with simplicity of engineering to keep maintenance minimal.

How do I get service on my heater?

This should always be done by a trained technician. For years Teledyne Laars/ Jandy has been conducting service training schools in all parts of the country for pool service companies and our dealers to assure the availability of highly skilled technicians wherever you live. On Long Island, Paramount Pools has been an authorized Teledyne Laars / Jandy installer and service center for over 28 years.

What about parts?

When you need them, we offer genuine factory parts through Teledyne Laars/ Jandy dealers. They are warehoused strategically across the nation to assure prompt replacement and repair regardless of where you live. Poolcenter.com has all the parts you would ever need. For other parts of the country, you can order them from us either over the phone at 877-766-5287, or right here on-line (see the heater parts section of this Web Site for complete exploded views of all Teledyne heaters).

What about warranties?

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the Federal Trade Commission require that product warranties be clearly and simply stated—and that such warranties be available to consumers prior to purchase. Be sure you ask for and read all warranties.

Our warranties are available from the dealer or by writing the factory. A warranty accompanies each heater, along with installation and operating instructions and service manual.

Equally important is the reputation of the manufacturer. Teledyne Laars/ Jandy has been standing behind its products for more than 50 years.

Why is the reputation of the manufacturer so important?

For two reasons: The quality of your heater and the protection of your investment in it. Teledyne Laars / Jandy is the oldest and world’s largest gas pool heater manufacturer, with more heaters sold than all other brands combined. This is the result of engineering leadership that includes pioneering the first pool heater... the first stack-less model... the first line of heater to be fully approved for outdoor use... the first high-velocity flow-through tubes for heat exchangers... and the first truly compact oil-fired heater. This leadership is sustained by a large national organization of distributors, dealers and technicians.

How long should a heater last?

Some heaters wear out in three or four years, but Teledyne Laars / Jandy heaters normally last a lot longer. A product life of 10 to 12 years is not uncommon. Heater failure is usually the result of some outside cause—not normal usage—provided it has been properly maintained.

Could we add a heater later, after our pool is built?

Yes. Although a Teledyne Laars / Jandy heater can be added at any time, it should be included from the beginning, just as a heating system is installed during the construction of a home. This means greater convenience for you and less installation cost. When you include a heater in the beginning, it costs only 5% - 10% of your pool investment and usually gives you 100% more enjoyment from your pool. If the heater is not installed when the pool is built, provision should be made for a heater stub-out in the return water line, and space or a concrete pad should be provided for future installation.

All things considered, what is the most important reason for choosing a heated swimming pool?

For the sheer enjoyment of swimming in real comfort— any time you want. Any time of the day, any day of the year. Owners of heated pools would answer this question in far more glowing terms, but what having a heated pool amounts to is the satisfaction of getting more—much more—from your pool investment in terms of year-round family fun.

Tips to help you conserve energy and heat your pool economically.

Keep a thermometer in your pool. It will pinpoint accurately the temperature most comfortable for you. Keep your thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting. Each degree more heat than needed could add more to your monthly fuel cost and use up more energy than necessary. Mark the "comfort setting" on the thermostat dial. This will prevent accidental or careless over-heating and waste of energy. Use the Temp-Lok feature to prevent over-rotation. Lower thermostat to 70 degrees when pool is to be unused for three or four days. For longer periods, shut the heater off. You will save money on fuel consumption and help conserve energy. Protect your pool from wind. Wind above 3 to 5 miles per hour can lower the pool temperature substantially. A hedge, cabana or decorative fence can be an effective windbreak. Use a pool cover when pool is not in use. This can reduce heat loss by as much as 50%. If you are vacationing for a couple of weeks or shutting down for winter, turn the heater off completely, including any pilot light. Drain heater completely prior to freezing weather. Freezing water inside the heat exchanger can result in costly repairs. Get a maintenance checkup annually. It’s your best ounce of prevention. Call your Teledyne Laars/ Jandy dealer for a skilled technician to do the job. The cost is minimal and the service will keep your heater working efficiently for many years.

The information on this page is provided by Teledyne Laars/ Jandy, a leader in the Pool Heating Industry, from their brochure "Facts about pool heating"

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Pool Heater FAQs | In The Swim (2024)


Why wont my pool heater kick on? ›

Check the Filter

The most common cause of swimming pool heaters refusing to start up is a dirty swimming pool filter. A dirty filter or pump basket can restrict the water flow so much that the heater simply can't work.

How do I reset my pool heater? ›

Reset your pool heater by flipping the breaker switch in the electrical panel to “off” and then “on.” Your breaker may be located in a disconnect box near your pool heater or in the breaker panel in your home.

Why won't my propane pool heater ignite? ›

This could be due to low gas pressure, inadequate air supply, or improper venting. Make sure gas is turned on; and for propane, make sure the tank has fuel. Also check for water run-off from roof or sprinklers that may be flooding the heater. Check to make sure the heater pilot tubing is intact and not clogged.

How long does it take for a Bestway pool heater to heat up? ›

Depending on your pool size and your preferred temperature the pool heater can take anywhere between 12 hours to 3 days to warm the water. The swimming pool heater has the ability to increase water temperature by approximately 0.5°C to 1.5°C per hour.

Why is my pool heater not flowing water? ›

A dirty pool filter wins for the most popular water flow issue on a heater service call. Luckily, it's also the easiest one to diagnose and fix. You can overcome this issue by having a pool heater service tech or pool specialist remove the filter and run the pump again without a filter in.

Why will my heater not turn on? ›

If your furnace is not turning on you should first check if the filter is clean. Dirty filters cause insufficient airflow and can prevent the furnace from starting. Other reasons it won't start can stem from improper thermostat settings, forgetting to turn on the gas line, or faulty pilot light.

Why is my Hayward pool heater not firing? ›

If the heater has not been fired in over a week, chances are there is a blockage in the burners or orifices that is preventing the gas from escaping the burner and reaching the spark. Other causes of this problem are: (1) Bad ignitor. (2) Bad gas valve.

Why is my heat pump not turning on in my pool? ›

If the water is flowing too slowly, it simply won't turn on. Be sure that the water level in the pool is correct, the filter and baskets are clean, and the pump running fully primed, to provide enough water flow to keep the heater pressure switch and/or flow switch in the closed position.

Why is my propane heater not igniting? ›

Propane Supply: Ensure your propane tank isn't empty and the valves are open. Pilot Light or Ignition Problems: For older furnaces, the pilot light might be out. For newer models, electronic ignition issues can prevent starting. Blocked or Dirty Burners: Dirt and debris can obstruct the burner, impeding ignition.

Why does my pool heater spark but not light? ›

If you do have a spark, but the pilot doesn't light, a good bet is that you have a plugged pilot assembly or a bad gas valve.

What does ignition lockout mean on pool heater? ›

The ignition lockout on pool heaters is intended to prevent overheating.

Can I leave Bestway pool heater on overnight? ›

You should never leave your electric or gas pool heater on overnight because your energy bill will increase significantly. Deciding whether to leave your electric or gas pool heater on or off overnight depends on your usages and plans.

Should I run pool heater overnight? ›

We do not recommend leaving a pool heater on overnight for most property owners, even ones with advanced solar heating systems. The massive power draw will negate any savings they gain from using solar cells and receiving renewable credits from the government.

Will a pool heat up faster with the pump on or off? ›

With the pump turned on, the heating process is normally faster. Keeping the pump turned on while heating helps to maintain a constant temperature distribution, minimizing cold areas that can develop with insufficient water circulation.

Why is my Hayward pool heater not firing up? ›

If the heater has not been fired in over a week, chances are there is a blockage in the burners or orifices that is preventing the gas from escaping the burner and reaching the spark. Other causes of this problem are: (1) Bad ignitor. (2) Bad gas valve.

Why is my pool blower not working? ›

Check the wire powering the air switch and check the switch for continuity. If no power, check the wire leading to the switch for continuity and replace as needed. If you have power but do not get proper switching action, replace the switch. If none of these things fix the problem, the blower may need to be replaced.

Does a pool heater only run when the pump is running? ›

This means that they will only operate when your pool pump is turned on and water is flowing through the heat pump. You can therefore control when your heat pump operates simply by using a time clock on your water pump. Some heat pump models also have a timer built into the digital control panel.

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