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Tips for installing pool heat pumps

Here at Sunlover Heating, we offer hassle-free installation of swimming pool heat pumps in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne by our experienced installation engineers. But since newer units such as the OASIS C10 Heat Pump don’t need an electrician for installation, it is safe for you to install your pool heat pump yourself.

If you’re installing a pool heat pump, here’s what it will require to run at its best: 

A suitable location 

Where possible, pool heat pumps should be installed outdoors with a constant supply of fresh air to extract heat. Optimum heat pump efficiency relies on a good flow of air, so you’ll need to choose a spot where it will receive good air flow. Make sure that the air being expelled by the fan will not hit any obstacles and be recirculated into the heat pump. Whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, keep in mind that the further from your pool the unit is, the more heat you will lose.

A level base

Whether it is installed above or below water level, the pool heat pump base should be level and sound. Consider either a concrete base, paving slabs laid on sand or a small section of timber decking where the unit can sit. The vibration from the heat pump is only minimal and should not disturb the paving slabs.

C10 Installation

Existing plumbing pipework

It is easy to add a new swimming pool heat pump to the existing pipework system of your pool. First, you’ll need to check what size of pipes you have, so that you can find the right sized connectors and elbows to attach it to the existing plumbing. Make sure to place the unit before all chlorinators and chemical pumps and after all filters and swimming pool pumps.

Suitable water flow rate

If the water flow rate to the pool heat pump is too low, the water will overheat and cause the unit to switch off. You’ll also need to check that the water flow rate from your pool heat pump and through your filter is not too high. Most swimming pool heat pumps will state their required water flow rate on their specifications table.

Adequate electrical supply

You’ll need an appropriate electrical supply to support the running and startup currents for the heat pump. If your electrical supply is not able to support your heat pump, you will need to run a dedicated cable to the heat pump which will require an electrician. For easy installation select a model that doesn’t demand the assistance of an electrician.

To prevent voiding the warranty on your unit, or stopping your heat pump from working properly, you must always follow the manufacturer’s installation recommendations. If you would like us to remove the hassle from the task and install the heat pump for you, just contact us for an installation quote today. We’ll follow the manufacturer’s instructions to correctly install your heat pump in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.

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