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    Heat Pump or Propane Heater in Indiana?

    Here's the heater situation -

    Pool has an old Raypak heater, control panel is broken and there is a huge pile of rust inside from who knows what. The previous owners hadn't used the heater in about 8 years, so we are looking to replace it. Our options are propane or heat pump. I can get a replacement Raypak that's a direct fit for the old one from $1500 - $2000 that I can install myself. The quotes I've gotten for heat pumps are between $4000-5000 plus $500+ for electrical. Propane is currently about $1.90 / gallon. My thinking is that even if I spend $500 a season on propane I could get 6-7 years before breaking even on the cost of a heat pump / electric and by that time the heat pump may have crapped out anyway.

    So my main question isn't on running cost comparison but what is more convenient in the midwest. We have an auto cover that does a decent job of keeping the heat in overnight, but obviously not as good as a solar cover. We don't need the water super warm, as we were swimming last September and early October in 70 degree water on the hot days. Would like to keep it around 80 degrees when possible. What do you guys like or dislike about your HP or propane heaters in midwest area? My main concern is for warming up the water for a bit in the early and late season. Do you find the noise of heat pumps annoying or do you eventually get used to it? I'm leaning towards propane, but if I end up burning through two 500 gallons tanks a season that will be a little pricier than I anticipated.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Re: Heat Pump or Propane Heater in Indiana?

    So you want to extend your season. Given you live in the midwest, spring and late summer can be cool and unpredictable, I used to live in IL. I would say this, if you want to be bale to warm your pool anytime you want, not always keeping it at a set temp, go for the gas unit. With gas you could only heat the pool here and there when needed and have it to temp in a decent amount of time. You won't be able to do that with a heat pump.
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    Re: Heat Pump or Propane Heater in Indiana?

    Quote Originally Posted by heugeneo View Post
    Here's the heater situation -

    Pool has an old Raypak heater, control panel is broken and there is a huge pile of rust inside from who knows what. The previous owners hadn't used the heater in about 8 years, so we are looking to replace it. Our options are propane or heat pump. I can get a replacement Raypak that's a direct fit for the old one from $1500 - $2000 that I can install myself. The quotes I've gotten for heat pumps are between $4000-5000 plus $500+ for electrical. Propane is currently about $1.90 / gallon. My thinking is that even if I spend $500 a season on propane I could get 6-7 years before breaking even on the cost of a heat pump / electric and by that time the heat pump may have crapped out anyway.

    So my main question isn't on running cost comparison but what is more convenient in the midwest. We have an auto cover that does a decent job of keeping the heat in overnight, but obviously not as good as a solar cover. We don't need the water super warm, as we were swimming last September and early October in 70 degree water on the hot days. Would like to keep it around 80 degrees when possible. What do you guys like or dislike about your HP or propane heaters in midwest area? My main concern is for warming up the water for a bit in the early and late season. Do you find the noise of heat pumps annoying or do you eventually get used to it? I'm leaning towards propane, but if I end up burning through two 500 gallons tanks a season that will be a little pricier than I anticipated.

    Thanks for any advice.

    You don't really have a choice, you have to use a gas heater. Likely you will use one tank if not two trying to keep the pool warm, those heaters are expensive to run. A heat pump is less and less efficient the colder it is outside. Likely you would be running that heat pump 24 hours a day trying to keep up and probably still not keeping up although the cover will help. Your electric bill from the pool pump will be ridiculous as well although probably inline with burning through the propane tanks. Yet the heater is usually much cheaper than a heat pump to buy and heats the pool in a reasonable amount of time.
    8000 gal diamond brite pool with 650 gal spillover spa, Pentair 3hp VS pump. Jandy Cartridge filter and Jandy Heat Pump. Jandy PDA automation system with 2 Pentair Laminars. SmartPool NC74S Robotic Pool Cleaner.

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    Re: Heat Pump or Propane Heater in Indiana?

    Thanks guys, decided to go with replacement Raypak.
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