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Thread: Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

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    Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudonno View Post
    i have a hayward heat pro I think it was 2500.00. Works great.They are basically an ac unit,I think all of the brands that are ahri certified should perform similar.
    Can you go into further detail on this?
    I'm about to become a first time pool owner and would like to have a heating option for winter. Most of Texas runs gas for appliances and natural gas pool heating options are just outrageous to run from a cost standpoint. However I work for a HVAC distributor and have access to "heat pumps" in the true AC sense. You stated that a pool heat pump is essentially an AC unit....and even mentioned AHRI.... Can you help me figure out or just say yes or no if you could actually use a York Heat Pump (electric) as a heating source?
    Would it be cost effective vs gas?



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    Re: Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

    The pool heat pump condensers are water cooled by the pool pump, as the water flows through the titanium coated heat exchanger it picks up the heat and sends it to the pool.a home unit is air cooled and would not work, plus a pool heat pump is a larger unit than most homes use.my pool heat pump is almost ten tons (110,000 btus).
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    Re: Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

    There are three parts to a pool heat pump system, the compressor, air heat exchange unit, and water hat exchange unit. The first two are essentially identical to a residential home heat pump for heating and cooling a house, the third part (the water heat exchanger) is unique to pool heat pumps.

    It is possible to purchase an appropriate water heat exchange unit and retrofit it onto a conventional home heat pump, but that would take some custom work and the result would be missing several features of the control system that are unique to pool heat pumps. There are a few companies that sell separate control systems for this application, but they don't sell very well and thus are expensive, and as Loudonno mentioned, the sizing doesn't normally match up at all well.
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    Re: Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

    You might use one of these, but I don't think they would last very long..... they aren't made to resist pool water....

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    Re: Can a regular residential Heat Pump be used to heat a pool?

    By the time you modified a large home ac unit with a different chemical resistant heat exchanger,water pressure switch,water temperature sensor,thermostat ,etc,you might as well just buy one designed for a pool.
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