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Thread: Does Heater require a larger gas meter

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    Does Heater require a larger gas meter

    Our pool was completed last May, 2016. Since using the heater, it sounds like a jet engine taking off. My pool builder said he did not think we needed a larger meter. Recently, because of a leak in the main gas line, the gas people were out (Centerpoint-Houston). The meter man said we needed a larger meter. The one we have has a regulator for the house (8 lbs) and the pool heater also has a 8 lbs regulator. He said to operate properly the pool heater should be a 200 lb meter. When heating the pool or spa, the heater will close down for a few minutes then come back on until the temperature reaches the set temperature. Questions: 1) does this sound reasonable?, 2) could the smaller meter be causing the loud noise? 3) My previous heater on our old pool just ran until the pool/spa reached its temperature. Will a higher output meter solve this problem?
    Thanks in advance for your input.
    Thanks for help, RDDKSD
    Pool is IG, 11K gallons, plaster/pebble (Stone Scapes), Spa, all Pentair equipment (2hp Whisperflow pump, chlorinator, Heater, 4 Cartridge Filter, City water, built 5/2016

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    Re: Does Heater require a larger gas meter

    I had to have Center Point install a larger gas meter. I have a 400 btu pool heater, outdoor fireplace, fire bowls around pool, 100k btu grill, gas dryer, central heat, and gas stove. They said with all that demand I needed more ( not that all is on at same time ). I read somewhere if you do not have enough gas volume to your pool heater it can " soot up" ( someone correct me if I am wrong on that ). I have never had a flow issue even with multiple units on. Center Point charged $350 for the meter!
    8500 gallon IG Pebble Sheen with Spa. 3hp Pentair VS Intelliflo ( pool ), 3/4 hp WhisperFlo ( water feature ),Pentair Racer, 400K Pentair heater, Pentair 500sqft Cartridge filter, EasyTouch 8, Stenner 45mp2 15gallon wired to ET8

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    Re: Does Heater require a larger gas meter

    Probably - I had to have a larger meter installed for my 400k btu heater. The gas company came out and upgraded it at no cost to me. It is big enough to add a gas grill and fire pit in the future (or so I was told).


    36,000 Gallon Inground (IG) Gunite Pool with Spa and 12" tanning ledge | White Plaster | Cartridge Filter | Hayward Single Speed Pump (x2) | 400k BTU Hayward Heater | Hayward ProLogic Automation | Taylor K2006 Test Kit | In-pool Cleaner | August / September 2016 Build Date | Build Thread

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    Re: Does Heater require a larger gas meter

    My gas company bumped up the incoming pressure and installed a bigger regulator on the output side, it was like a $100. I imagine each regions service is different though, if the tech said you need a bigger meter go with it and see if it resolves your issue.

    Salty
    20X40 30,000 gal. Vinyl, AquaPlus Automation w/ T-15 SWG & AquaConnect, EcoStar SP3400VSP pump, ProSeries S310T2 Filter, H Series 400FDN Heater, Sense/Dispense with Stenner Pump, ColorLogic X 3, TigerShark RC990, ​Borates, TF-100 test kit, K-1766 & Speed Stir Finally done! Well Almost

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