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    Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    I'm getting estimates for a gas heater. I'm looking for what range you think a gas heater would cost. I'm thinking somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 BTUs. I'm NOT talking about with installation, although they will "install" it. I say "install" because another company will have to deal with the meter, running the gas line, etc.

    But what would be an average price?

    Any recommendations on what brands or types to stay away from?

    Any recommendations on national suppliers/installers? I use my landscape company, which hasn't really done any landscape work for me. They installed the pool 8 years ago. Years later, they installed an outdoor drain. Year later, repaired a badly damaged cyclone fence (and did a darn good job for free). Removed a swing/play set - ok that required some landscaping So they are a onestop shop and i like them. But they, along with everyone else I talk to, says I should't get a heater. But neighboring trees have taken over. We don't get enough sun, solar isn't an option, and my wife and I haven't been in the pool for years. So, if we're going to replace the liner for the kids, we'd like to get some use out of it and also go NG on our outdoor grill, etc. My concern with using these folks for the heater is that they might not have access or experience with enough brands/varieties.
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    I have a new pool (Aug '16) and have a Pentair Mastertemp 400,000 btu natural gas heater. I've used it about 6 times since inception and love it!

    https://www.amazon.com/Pentair-46073...002GTMPEM?th=1


    Matt- IG gunite pool and spa built Summer 2016: 32' x 20' overall with two 4' x 8' tanning ledges. 6'x6' attached spa with spillover. Depth 3' to 5' to 4'. 16.4K gal. Lueders Limestone retaining wall and coping. Equip: Pentair SVRS vari. speed pump. Pentair 60 sq. ft. DE filter. Pentair Kreepy Crawly Plat. cleaner. Pentair MasterTemp 400,000 BTU NG heater. 1.5 HP spa air blower. Nature2 Sanitizer. Taylor K-206C. My 2016 Build

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    As far as prices, just look online. Look at places like Amazon, InTheSwim, InYoPool, or whatever. 250-400k BTU gas units will typically run you about $1600 - $2800 or so depending on the make and model. Be aware that simply running a propane heater on your pool will be a very costly endeavor. Natural gas is much cheaper if it's available to you. A 300k BTU heater will use about 3 gallons of gas / hour and you'll probably have to run it for a couple hours (there's calculators out there, use them). If your propane is $4 / gallon you could easily be looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 every time you want to use your pool.

    As usual, names like Hayward and Pentair seem to be the standard here. I think Jandy also has a good reputation? I've seen Raypak a lot but I think that's more for heat pumps than gas models
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    15k gallon (?) kidney-shaped inground concrete (paint) pool & spa combo undergoing resurfacing. 6 floor jets, 2 side returns around steps, 1 skimmer also near steps. Spa has 4 jets. 1 hp Sta-Rite Supermax, 1.5 piping, Pentair CC100 cartridge filter (holds up to CC200), ComfortZone gas heater - old and broken, Master Pool return distributor (not sure what to call it). Pool Before Resurface

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    Thanks all.

    Yes, I'm going natural gas, not propane. In fact, I want to run the NG for the grill and perhaps an outdoor firepit as well.
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    Well, the feedback I'm getting locally is that I might be better just buying it online and having the plumber install it. Heck, I could connect it myself, but I'm not up for the digging and I knew the town would want a licensed plumber. Ugh...nothing's easy. No one local knows a good plumber, or contractor, or paver, or anything for that matter. Tree surgery is about the only area where I've had good luck.

    My landscaper offers the Raypak 206K - so a 250,00 BTU unit. Any thoughts on that model?
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    A Raypak 206 only a 200K BTU unit.

    Raypak is the better of the units on the market today. Please also keep in mind that when you buy online if you want to keep the warranty you should have it installed by a licensed company.
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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by ps0303 View Post
    A Raypak 206 only a 200K BTU unit.

    Raypak is the better of the units on the market today. Please also keep in mind that when you buy online if you want to keep the warranty you should have it installed by a licensed company.

    Sorry, yes the 206K is a 200,000 unit. I was looking online at their 250,000 unit and made a mistake. They strongly feel the 200,000 unit is fine for what I need. i realize higher BTUs = less run time, so I'm wondering if 200,000 is ideal?

    Warranty - well that's the rub isn't it. I was looking at these online and their probably $500-600 cheaper, but then no warranty. So I have to decide, is the warranty worth $500?
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    I just got the Raypack 266k btu model. My pool is nearly double your gallonage.
    I found the old 250k btu heater I had adequate, I'd probably go with the 200k if I were you.

    I also saw I could save some by ordering online but in the end, I want that warranty intact if
    I'm gonna go this far. So I had a local Raypack dealer bring it and install it.
    16x32 IG Vinyl, 13,000 Gals. Hayward S-244T sand filter, SP2810X15 pump
    (1.5 HP motor) Raypak PR266AEN (266k btu) gas heater. TF-100 Test Kit.
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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by borjis View Post
    I just got the Raypack 266k btu model. My pool is nearly double your gallonage.
    I found the old 250k btu heater I had adequate, I'd probably go with the 200k if I were you.

    I also saw I could save some by ordering online but in the end, I want that warranty intact if
    I'm gonna go this far. So I had a local Raypack dealer bring it and install it.
    Good information.

    I'm a hands on guy, but man, when I backoff and try to pay someone, I find I still have to get more involved then I'd like. The days of turn-key service are just gone I guess.

    Did the Raypak dealer arrange for the plumbing, or do the gas lines have to be ready when he comes to install the heater?
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Reasonable price for a gas heater, model recommendations, etc.

    Look for someone with the correct licenses for your area. In FL, they should have a CPC license and a gas license in order to do all the work from start to finish. A well known pool store here in FL sells heaters but can not hook up the gas as they are not licensed so they sub that part out.
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