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Most pool owners do not automatically think about their pool heater when they are considering an upcoming pool maintenance plan. Pool owners should factor pool heater maintenance into the preventative care for their San Diego swimming pool or spa. Eventually, pool heaters will break down and need parts replaced or other more in-depth heater repairs. Swimming pool heaters can also become damaged from outside elements such as the weather, surrounding foliage and rodents. When conducted as part of a regular maintenance plan, pool heater maintenance can prevent premature heater breakdown. It also helps to keep other parts of the swimming pool operating efficiently.
One of the most common problems that homeowners and property managers encounter with their swimming pool heater is the external environment. Weather conditions such as high winds can create swirls of leaves, debris, and other dirt that settle on or around the heater. Debris also jams up pool filters and pump baskets which cause the heater to run inconsistently and overheat. The buildup of dirt runoff around the heater can cause the bottom of the heater to rust and deteriorate. In order to work properly, swimming pool heaters must have sufficient airflow and should also be free of any leaf, debris and dirt buildup.
Birds, mice, and other rodents can nest inside the pool heater and cause ventilation problems. Animals build nests inside the heater blocking airflow causing problems with heating. When the exhaust or the intake airflow is blocked due to nesting materials, the electrical components can also begin to melt and eventually fail. Rodents typically gnaw on the wiring, which creates expensive electrical damage as well. To prevent damage from creatures, have your San Diego heater inspected and cleaned regularly with our pool heater maintenance service.
ProTouch Pool Services, as well as other industry leaders, recommend inspecting the pool heater on a regular basis, at least once annually. If the pool heater is prone to animal infestations, leaves or pine needles, more frequent inspections and preventative measures are highly recommended. When possible, pool heater maintenance should be performed as Winter approaches so the heater is ready for use in the cooler temperatures.
The average pool heater maintenance service call in San Diego begins at around $149. Heater maintenance prices depend on the severity of the problem. For infestations, the cost depends on the amount of time and materials required for adequate prevention. When performed in conjunction with weekly pool maintenance, the cost of pool heater maintenance is reduced. ProTouch Pool Services ensures high customer satisfaction by routinely inspecting the pool heater during our regular service.
During our pool heater maintenance process we inspect the entire pool heater. We remove the door panel and look for signs of rodents, leaks and sooting. We then will remove Any debris in and around the heater including nests and expired critters are removed. Performed on a regular basis, pool heater maintenance prevents future animals from creating a nest in the heating cabinet. These preventative measures will ensure that the pool is ready to use in any season. It also helps the owner avoid unnecessary downtime and costly heater repairs.
ProTouch looks for signs of potential damage and areas of concern and gives estimates for any heater repairs that are needed. Homeowners are able to clean out the pool heater independently. However, we recommend that pool heater maintenance be completed by a professional. Added as part of a routine pool cleaning or spa cleaning plan is always the best option.
Call the knowledgeable staff at ProTouch Pool Services today to discuss the condition of your San Diego swimming pool or spa heater.