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Old 09-15-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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Does anyone know if you can rent an above ground heater for an in ground swimming pool? Or is it possible to have a propane pool heater installed in Seven Hills or would zoning/HOA forbid it? My natural gas line is located on one side of my home and the pool skid is on the other side. The cost to dig a line is running way more than I want to spend. Solar is not an option already had that and wind blew it off the roof causing damage. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Have you thought about getting a solar pool cover? Kind of a pain to remove when you want to swim, but they are quite effective in retaining heat.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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solar covers are good until around november
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the thought Trash Can but my pool guy refuses to deal with a solar pool cover. Says it's like wrestling an alligator. I wouldn't know about that but he does keep my pool crystal clear so I guess that's not an option.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Pool covers are a pain, but if you set it up right its very easy to take on and off. Those covers do work and they keep them nice and warm for a cheap price. You can set up a natural gas heater to work with propane. I just don't know how your going to supply it with enough propane unless you get a large tank. Otherwise, there really is no other alternative.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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If you went the route of the pool cover you could utilize an electric reel that pulls the cover back off the water. This takes a chunk of the hassel out of it. I'm not sure how the investment would compare to what you're talking about but it might be a decent option to consider.
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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They are pricey but you can buy a heat pump for your pool, looks just like the a/c unit that you have sitting next your house.
All you need is a 220 volt electric service for it, much easier than running a gas line.
I have seen some in operation and they seem to do a nice job, I'd buy one myself, if I could afford it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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The only heated pool I ever had was heated with propane. It was a pretty big tank, and needed filling about once a year, but we didn't really use it a lot. Mostly for the spa. You might be better off in the long run to pay for the gas line now and get it over with. I wouldn't think it would cost that much unless it's a really long way.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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The only heated pool I ever had was heated with propane. It was a pretty big tank, and needed filling about once a year, but we didn't really use it a lot. Mostly for the spa. You might be better off in the long run to pay for the gas line now and get it over with. I wouldn't think it would cost that much unless it's a really long way.
The other reason I mention a heat pump also, is because they are much more efficient than a gas pool heater. Much cheaper to run.

Boy, I couldnt imagine trying to heat a pool with propane nowadays, seems like it would break the bank!
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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The other reason I mention a heat pump also, is because they are much more efficient than a gas pool heater. Much cheaper to run.

Boy, I couldnt imagine trying to heat a pool with propane nowadays, seems like it would break the bank!
Pass the grain of salt. First off they cost twice what a gas heater does. Then you get into the missing numbers. They claim a COP of 6...but never tell you under what set of conditions. I also find them quoting at 8.5 cents per KWHour. Way below LV and anywhere I am aware of. In LA it would be closer to 30 cents.

I would also note that the comparatives limit the season. 3/1 to 10/1 in Phoenix. Significantly less in Los Angeles. That says the costs go out of site if you run them in the winter.

Note they are inherently slow. You can't use them to pump up just the Jacuzzi in a half an hour.

I have never seen one in LV...I suspect the above is why.

I am certainly not against heat pumps in principle...I am about to replace my water heater with the AO Smith hybrid 80 gallon. But I don't think they work well on pools.
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