Hello everyone! We need some advice. We want to add a heater to our 2-year old pool. We are still trying to decide between a gas heater and a heat pump (subject for another post), but are surprised by the pricing we’ve received. Despite reaching out to several local companies to get quotes, only one responded. We never heard of them before - we found them because they left a flyer on our door about pool service- and have been unable to find any reviews or anyone locally who is familiar with them. They have, however, been very responsive. I have two questions:
- Is installing a heater a complicated thing that we shouldn’t trust to a company we don’t know anything about? The will need to modify our plumbing to install the heater.
- I have always thought that gas heaters were cheaper to install than heat pumps but that heat pumps were generally cheaper to operate. This company quoted us a Rheem heat pump model M8450TI-E-HC 140K heat/cool fully installed for $5515; a Rheem gas heater model P-M406A NG CU NI fully installed for $5225; and a Jandy JXI 400 NG Heater VF gas heater fully installed for $5081. I’m really surprised that there isn’t a larger price difference between the gas units and the heat pumps. Is this to be expected? Having no other quotes to compare to makes me a little nervous.