Why Add a Gas Heater to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 9, 2018 10:55 by author medallionpools |

Pool heaters on the market today are fast, efficient, compact, quiet, safe and eco-friendly. Gone are the days where you have to wait until temperatures are in the 80’s to enjoy your swimming pool. Most of the new gas heaters have no pilot light, simply push button digital controls with a user-friendly indicator light. This makes operation and monitoring so simple.

Gas heaters are available for propane or natural gas. If you live in an area with natural gas, you may have a gas meter already attached to the house. You should get a licensed plumber to check this meter to make sure it can handle the additional BTU’s of the gas heater. BTU options vary from 200,000 up to 400,000.

Gas heater size

The size BTU heater you will need can be determined by a local pool company, but it will depend on how many gallons of water you have in the pool and if you are looking to keep the pool heated all the time, or only on demand. If you are going to install a propane heater, your pool dealer can install the heater, but you will need a propane company to make the connection from the tank to the heater. If you do not have a propane tank, the gas company can have one installed.

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Gas heater installation

Placement of your new heater is very important. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual for proper placement. If the heater is going under a deck, you must have proper clearance from heater to deck. If the heater will be installed indoors, the gas fumes must be vented outside. The heater can’t be installed next to your heat pump. The proper placement information will be found in the heater manual.

Installing a gas heater on your swimming pool

A gas heater is a great way to extend your swimming season. Depending on where you live, the proper size heater can give you 60 more days plus of swimming time. Now is a good time to contact Medallion, or visit your local pool dealer to learn more about the different heater options. While you are there, be sure to ask about a solar cover to help your heater be more efficient.

Why Add a Heat Pump to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 2, 2018 14:32 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your swimming pool or swim spa water for longer swimming seasons. With today’s energy costs, this is a great time to invest in a heat pump. Compared to gas, oil or electric heaters, heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

There are a variety of heat pumps on the market. Some have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, so you don’t have to worry about codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Others also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed. There are many features of swimming pool heat pumps!

Heaters can be installed with new construction or added later. The units are connected to the pool filter and pool pump with simple plumbing. See all instructions for proper connection.

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How to choose swimming pool heat pump size?  

 - How many gallons of water are in your pool?

 - What temperature are you trying to maintain for your swimming comfort?

 - What is the climate like in your part of the country?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater depends on your swimming pool shape, size in gallons of water as well as your climate. Once you determine the right BTU rating, you can choose to go a little larger so that you can heat the pool faster, and save more on energy costs.

Advantages of adding a heat pump to your pool

If extending your swimming season isn’t enough of a reason to add a heat pump, you’ll be pleased to know there are many other advantages to making the investment in a swimming pool heat pump.

 - No worry of natural gas or propane gas

 - Easy to install with pool installation or as an add on later

 - Very low maintenance

Choosing the best heat pump for your pool starts with a little bit of knowledge and education on the options available. Contact Medallion Pools, or your local Medallion dealer, to find out what is the best heat pump for your swimming pool.

The Gizzmo

clock September 28, 2017 14:12 by author medallionpools |

The Gizzmo

The Gizzmo is designed to absorb the expansion of water freezing in the skimmer of your swimming pool. It is an American made product. There are currently three types of Gizzmo: Regular, Super, and Super Duper Ultra.

The Regular Gizzmo is 9 inches long and installs in short skimmers. These skimmers are found on most above ground pools and some inground pools. It has 1-1/2 inch threads and a bar to grip on top for easy installation and removal.

The Super Gizzmo is 16 inches long and is designed for deep skimmers. These skimmers are found on most inground swimming pools and some above ground pools. It has both 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch threads. This allows one product to fit multiple types of skimmers. It also has the same bar grip as the Regular Gizzmo.

The Super Duper Ultra Gizzmo is the same size and has all the same features as the Super Gizzmo but with an added feature. It contains an integrated blowout tube. This allows you to use compressed air to blow the water out of your skimmer lines should that be necessary for your pool.

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For all models, use Teflon tape on the threads for a professional seal. Teflon tape is a very thin white tape used to wrap threads on pipe and fittings to improve the seal. Gizzmo’s are designed for single season use and are recyclable.

For more information on Gizzmos, contact Medallion Pools or your local pool dealer.

Swimming Pool Filter Multi-Port Valves

clock August 24, 2017 10:03 by author medallionpools |

The multi-port valve may be attached on the top or on the side of your DE or sand filter. Six main functions are controlled with this valve plus one winterizing function. Please keep in mind that this article is for general information purposes only. Be sure to read your filter’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Multi-Port Valve Functions
1. Filter
2. Backwash
3. Rinse
4. Recirculate
5. Close
6. Waste

The normal operating mode will be in the filter position. Water from the swimming pool is going thru the filter and being cleaned and returning to the pool. You can vacuum your pool in the filter position. The debris from the pool goes into the filter. When you complete the vacuum process, remove your cleaning equipment and turn the pump off. Place the multiport handle in the backwash position. Turn pump on. Water will go out the backwash hose and fill up the sight glass on side of the value. When it is clear, turn pump off and put valve in rinse function. Turn pump on for about 20 seconds. This clears debris from plumbing lines inside the filter.

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If you have periods of heavy rain and notice the water level of your pool is getting very high, turn the pump off and place the multiport handle in the waste position. Turn pump on. This bypasses the filter and lets water go directly out the backwash hose. You can also vacuum your pool in this position if your pool has a lot of water, or you have a lot of dirt in the bottom of the pool you don’t want to vacuum into your filter media. The re-circulate function bypasses your filter and might be used when you use floc or alum in your pool (to clear up a cloudy pool).

Check your pump’s strainer basket weekly (at the minimum) to remove any leaves or debris. Depending on the conditions around your pool you may need to check it more often. When you open the lid to remove the basket, you are letting air in your plumbing lines. Place the multiport handle in the closed position first might help keep more water in your plumbing lines. Take it off of closed and go back to filter before you turn pump on.

For more helpful inground swimming pool tips, see your local Medallion pool leader, or contact us.

Swimming Pool Controls And Automation

clock July 5, 2017 11:36 by author medallionpools |

http://www.medallionpools.com/blogengine2/image.axd?picture=2015%2f5%2f20140707_0093-Recovered-2.jpgAre you thinking about installing a swimming pool, but wondering where the equipment will go and how you’ll find the time to learn how to use it? Automation is your answer. You can schedule the control of your pool or spa right from your house. Systems that are on the market are designed for ease and simplicity.

Your pool pump, heater, salt system and spa can be wired into the Automation System. You can even add a wireless remote or use your smart phone. No more trips out to the pump to turn it on and off - do it from inside your home. Want the spa hot and ready for you when you get home from work? Use your phone to turn up the temperature. The type of system you will need will depend on what type of pool or spa equipment you have. Your swimming pool dealer will be able to provide this answer.

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Systems are designed to operate a pool, spa, or both. Push a button from inside your house to warm up your pool or spa so they’re ready for you when you need that time to relax. Lights for pool or spa or both can also be added to these systems. Special valves with powered actuators can be added to turn on the water to your slide, waterfall, step jets, or any other water feature.

Some of these systems have built in diagnostics to let you know all systems are functioning correctly or what needs to be corrected. These systems also have built in programmable features. These systems are designed to free up your time and give you more time to relax and unwind. See your swimming pool dealer or contact us to learn more today.