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Thread: Electric heater for Intex

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    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Oakbank, Canada

    Electric heater for Intex

    Anyone have experience in electric heaters for a Intex pool? The ones I looked at state specifically NOT to use with a soft side pool such as an Intex, why would that be?
    Ultra 16', Intex Sand filter/pump combo, 8' x 20' solar panels, solar blanket w/roll tube, 1" extruded foam floor with Gorilla pad, Liquid chlorine and stabilizer.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Electric heater for Intex

    As noted in this link:

    Why Can’t I find an Intex Pool Heater?
    The Problem with Intex Pool Heaters

    You may have already noticed before finding this site that you can’t find a good intex pool heater online of offline for your above ground pool. Why the heck is that?

    Well the short answer is that intex doesn’t make them. But that’s not the whole story… Nobody makes electric or gas powered pool heaters for your intex above ground pools. However, there are some great options for solar heating your intex pool…
    Intex pool have limitations which is what makes them less expensive. They also say not to run the pump while the pool is in operation.

    See also the thread Has anyone used a KStar 10 heater to heat a soft sided pool?
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    Apr 2013
    Battle Creek, MI

    Re: Electric heater for Intex

    Nonsense. I have seen no reason why anyone would suggest that I shouldn't run my gas heater with my Intex pool -- and run it and the pump with kids playing in it.
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Join Date
    May 2014
    Lake Forest, IL

    Re: Electric heater for Intex

    I agree - I have a 150k BTU gas heater on my intex and I do not see what the issue would be. The liner on an intex is MUCH thicker than the liner on a regular above ground pool. So what is the difference? I have heard well it could melt, If the liner is gonna melt on an intex it will for sure melt on the regular above ground or even an inground with a liner.

    I also have a 1.5 HP Superflo pump hooked to a 220 on my intex with a skimmer, the original suction and two returns and it doesnt seem to affect the sides at all. People have told me it would be too powerful. Not sure why they would think it would be too powerful.

    I run my heater and pump with people in the pool. As long as it is properly grounded and on a breaker I dont see the issue with an intex vs any other pool.
    Intex Ultra Frame 16' by 48" deep - Pentair Superflo 1.5 HP pump with sand filter, Hayward H150 Heater, Hayward Skimmer and 2nd return

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