Pool Heating Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Do you work on pool heaters?
A. We do! All manufacturers of pool heat pumps know us and we represent almost all of them. We are their eyes and ears in the Central Florida area. We work hard to represent them and in servicing their heat pumps. We are very proud to be considered the #1 factory service center.
Q. How long will it take to heat my pool?
A. Assuming your pool heater is working properly and is large enough, there are many parameters to consider:
- What is the outside air temperature?
- What is your current water temperature?
- What is the temperature you want?
- Do you have a pool blanket?
- What is your run time on your pool pump?
Q. Do I need a pool blanket?
A. A pool blanket will help minimize evaporation. Blankets are recommended in cooler months to help retain heat already produced.
Q. How long should my pool heater last?
A. Heat pumps for pools should last a long time if properly maintained.
Q. There is water coming out of the pool heater. Is this normal?
A. If you are running your pool heater, it is normal to have condensation. Your pool heater can produce many gallons of condensation per hour. What you can do to determine if you have a water leak or just normal condensation is to take a chemical test strip (you can get them at any local pool supply store) and capture some of the water coming from the pool heater. If the water you tested matches the chlorine in the pool, call for service. If the water is chemical free, it is normal condensation.
Q. Should I have my pool heat pump inspected annually?
A. Yes. We do a similar performance check on your heat pump that most factories do before the unit leaves the plant. Along with the performance check, we clean your heat pump inside and out. Your heat pump has a large evaporator coil and will be wet in and around your heater at all times. If leaves and yard debris are not removed, the expensive steel parts will corrode.
Q. Is my pool heater large enough for my pool?
A. There are sizing charts to determine the answer, however, unlike an air conditioning system, which if too large can promote mold, an oversized pool heat pump will recover from heat loss faster. You will be swimming sooner and more often, especially in cooler weather.
Air Conditioning Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What kind of filter should I be using?
A. In most cases, a good 1 inch pleated filter is fine. If you have a fiberglass disposable filter throw it away. There are very expensive filter systems that may be needed if special health problems exist.
Q. How often should I replace my filter?
A. Check your filter monthly. A good reminder is when you get your power bill. Replace or wash every thirty days or as needed.
Q. Is it worth it to have my air conditioning system serviced?
A. If the service is done correctly, than absolutely. One example of why is that the units run a lot during the summer months, from May through September. They condense using outside air. You cannot change the outside air, but you can clean the outdoor coil. That will lower the head pressure and will result in lower kilowatt hours used.
Q. Should I replace my air conditioner because it is too old?
A. We are asked this question a lot and the answer may surprise you. In most cases we say no. Other factors are involved in replacing your air conditioning system other than its age. We consider whether it has been maintained over the years and the usage of the system.
Q. Should I turn my thermostat off when not at home or when I am on vacation?
A. No one wants to waste resources and cool an empty home. However, with the relative humidity levels we have in Central Florida in late spring, summer and early fall, it is best not to turn the air conditioner off completely. Set your thermostat up higher, but not off. Keep the relative humidity levels low enough so you do not grow mold, warp drywall or cause structural damage to your home.