How do I control the pool heater?
Get the connection right first.
We recommend that you get Pooled Energy to help connect a new pool heater to ensure the integration of the heater and Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) is optimised and saves you energy.
- Integrated operation is particularly important with solar heaters because they tend to run during more expensive times of the day for time-of-use electricity charges.
- Integrated operations are also important for heat pumps which typically require longer operating times than other types of heaters.
Pool heaters have differing minimum flow rate requirements and we configure the system to achieve these flows when the heater is running. We also configure the system to manage the water flow for the heater start-up and shut-down sequences to avoid overheating pool piping, which can soften and burst or crush if managed incorrectly.
Operating Heaters via the App
Simply set the temperature you want on the Pool App, ensuring the operating time is sufficient to reach the desired temperature. The IPC will automatically switch the heater on at the times you have programmed and synchronise operation with the other pool equipment and manage water flows.
Set the target temperature on the front panel of the gas heater and always leave the heater switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC switches the heater’s power on and off so that it will reach the desired temperature. It will also manage the speed of the filter pump appropriately
Set the target temperature on the front panel of the heat pump and always leave the heat pump switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC switches the heater’s power on and off so that it will reach the desired temperature. It will also manage the speed of the filter pump appropriately.
Pooled Energy can manage your solar heater in three different ways, depending upon the type of solar heater that you have:
1. You have an Independent Solar Heater, that is, it has its own suction inlet and return pipe in the pool, and it can run independently of the pool filter. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller. In this case, you can either leave it totally independent, or we can connect it to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) at your request.
2. You have an In-Line Solar Heater that requires the filter to also run when it operates. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller, but it must run as an integrated part of the overall system. In this case, your solar controller must be connected to the IPC. Your solar pump will remain connected to your solar controller.
3. You have a solar heater that requires the filter to also run when it operates but no sensor and no solar controller. You do have a solar booster pump. In this case, the pump will be connected directly to the IPC and will be managed by it and will require additional cost components.
Solar Heaters with their own Solar Controllers
Set the desired temperature on the Pool App and set the target temperature on the front panel of the solar controller to a higher temperature and always leave the solar controller switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC switches the heater’s power on and off so that it will reach the desired temperature. It will also manage the speed of the filter pump appropriately.
You may override the pre-set plan anytime using the app to turn any of these heaters ON when you wish. This will also run the pump as required.
With all types of heaters, the IPC can switch the heater on at the times you have programmed and synchronise its operation with the other pieces of pool equipment. The IPC will adjust the filter pump speed to provide sufficient water flow for that heater and manage the start-up and shutdown sequences, while minimising energy consumption at other times.
Troubleshooting the temperature
When switched on, the heater will run and the system will heat the pool water to the desired temperature. If your pool doesn’t reach the temperature you want consider the following:
- The size of the heater is not right for the pool and usage.
- Weather is affecting water temperature and solar heating.
- The heater isn’t running for a sufficient time to heat the pool. Try heating for longer.
- Still running into problems? Call us.
If you’re in the market for a new pool heater, check our tips for choosing the one that is right for you.