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    Heater question..

    I am looking at installing a heater this spring. This is what my pool company came up with.

    Pentair 250 BTU, natural gas $2,479.
    3x3 pad $300
    Hook up to gas line $50
    Installation $350

    Does this seem about right?

    Also, is it possible to purchase one online (looking at costs) and is it hard to find someone to install?

    I wanted to go with a bigger Raypack but this is what they are telling me this will work just fine.

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    Re: Heater question..

    We generally recommend getting the largest heater you can manage. Heating a pool takes a tremendous amount of heat, which often means hours or days to get up to temperature from cold. A larger heater will speed up that process noticeably. Of course your gas line needs to be large enough to handle it.

    Not all installers will install equipment you provide, but enough of them will that it isn't usually too difficult to find someone who will do that.

    The heater in that bid is way over priced and then they are charging an install on top of that, which makes the total rather high. I am sure you can find a better deal elsewhere.
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    Re: Heater question..

    Thanks Jason,

    I wanted to go larger and this pool company said it was overkill.

    I have another estimate from someone else.

    Raypak 406,00 BTU Natural gas $2780 with taxes the other company didn't include tax.

    Parts and installation $550
    He says I don't need another pad, the other company does.

    There isn't to many other pool companies around here so I feel kind stuck. I just want to make sure I get the right size.
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    Re: Heater question..

    This estimate is better and not too high. It comes with a higher quality heater and the right size. A complete DIYer would save around $700ish, but you would need experience with electrical and gas which are both deadly if handled incorrectly.
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    Re: Heater question..

    Quote Originally Posted by ping View Post
    This estimate is better and not too high. It comes with a higher quality heater and the right size. A complete DIYer would save around $700ish, but you would need experience with electrical and gas which are both deadly if handled incorrectly.
    I agree, but we both know our DIY capabilities which amount to zero
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    Re: Heater question..

    Go for the Raypak. It will serve you well. The price $2780 I would think would include install. $550 on top of that brings it to a expensive heater, in my opinion.
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    Re: Heater question..

    Quote Originally Posted by ps0303 View Post
    Go for the Raypak. It will serve you well. The price $2780 I would think would include install. $550 on top of that brings it to a expensive heater, in my opinion.
    In florida maybe, in the pacific northwest that would be a pretty good deal.
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    Re: Heater question..

    I charge pretty much $3000 installed for most 400 btu heaters. Only extra charge would be having to run a gas line from the meter to the heater.

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    Re: Heater question..

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    We generally recommend getting the largest heater you can manage. Heating a pool takes a tremendous amount of heat, which often means hours or days to get up to temperature from cold. A larger heater will speed up that process noticeably. Of course your gas line needs to be large enough to handle it.
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    To heat a given water volume up to a desired temperature will take a specific number of BTU's (all other factors held constant), regardless of what type/size heater you have. A larger heater will simply do the job faster than a smaller one. Either way, the same number of BTU's will be used to reach a specific target temperature.

    This calculator may help. It is Excel-based and is designed for calculating the cost of using a natural gas heater to achieve a target temperature rise.
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