Distance from gas heater to pool water matter?

joseywales

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Jun 11, 2009
250
Exton, PA
#1
I'm going to work with the town to get permits for a NG heater. I'm thinking of placing the heater, along side my HVAC, but that's about 50' to the current pump/filter. The pump/filter are 5 feet from the pool's edge.

- Can I put the units 50 apart, without issue?
- If I place them that far apart, do I need to upgrade the HP for my pump?

Any other issues/concerns?
 

ps0303

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Jul 6, 2011
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FL
#2
Re: Distance from gas heater to filter/pump matter?

50' is pretty far and I wouldn't do it. You can't get it closer? Also, you need to make sure that putting it so close to an AC unit is within code.
 

pooldv

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Aug 10, 2012
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Re: Distance from gas heater to filter/pump matter?

50' of horizontal 2" plumbing isn't really that big of a deal and should not require a pump upgrade. I would be more concerned about the heat loss through the plumbing while traveling that distance.
 

joseywales

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Jun 11, 2009
250
Exton, PA
#4
Re: Distance from gas heater to filter/pump matter?

50' of horizontal 2" plumbing isn't really that big of a deal and should not require a pump upgrade. I would be more concerned about the heat loss through the plumbing while traveling that distance.
Yep. The heat loss was my concern. If you picture my pump at 4:00 on the pool, I believe I'll be permitted to put the heater at 10:00, so about 25 feet. I was just reading on here that folks put them with their AC unit. And, my AC is against a wall with no windows. Perhaps the best selling point is that I believe I could run the entire gas pipe along the basement ceiling and just pop out where the AC unit is, so that saves a lot of digging $$$.