Replacing pool equipment is no fun for most
people. Everything is going fine and then one day
the salt in your pool water causes the pool heater to
spring a leak. Or your plumbing cracks during an
overnight freeze, the pool drains, and your pump
burns to a crisp.
The point is that no one plans for or expects to be
faced with a new pool equipment purchase. It
always seems to be a surprise. There are however
some ways to be more proactive as a swimming pool owner to keep your expenses on
new equipment as low as possible. Use the following three methods to save lots of
money when the time comes to replace your pool equipment.
Join a Pool Buyers Group.
Pool buyers groups are popping up in cities all across America. The concept is very
simple. Swimming pool owners join together to exercise bulk purchasing power. Think
of it like a Sam’s Club for swimming pool owners. Once every month you will receive an
insanely great discount offer based upon how many people purchase the item being
offered. For example, one Atlanta based pool company recently offered a group of pool
owners 50% off of a drinkable pool water system (one of the most technologically
advanced water treatment systems on the planet). Another offer was $1000 off of a new
Hayward Heater and free delivery and installation if twenty or more pool heaters were
Once you join a pool buyers group just keep your eyes open for the best deals and be
proactive. If your pool pump is more than 7 years old (5 years with a salt system) you
should be on the lookout for great deals on a new pool pump because you know that
your current pump is not going to last much longer.
Stick with Hayward Products (Especially for Pool Heaters).
If you already have Hayward pool equipment you should stick with the same brand.
Hayward is a great brand and has made huge strides in quality over the past couple of
years (especially Hayward Pool Heaters). It is also important to not mix and match brands.
A Pentair pool pump may not be a perfect match for a Hayward filter when it comes to
efficiency. By keeping the same brand together on your pool you will increase the
longevity of the equipment as a whole.
Upgrade from Sand to Glass.
If you are shopping for a new filter consider the relatively new option of a Glass Filter for your pool.
The main job of your pool filter is to physically filter the fine particles of
nastiness out of your pool water. Dirty water goes into the filter and cleaner water
comes out. How much cleaner the water becomes after passing through the filter is
measured in microns. A filter that filters down to 5 microns is really good. A filter that
filters down to 30 microns is not so good. Traditionally the filters that filter down to the
lowest micron levels have been the most expensive. For example, a De filter can cost
you over $2000 plus installation because it filters down to 5 microns. The downside is
that a De filter is difficult to operate and the upkeep is expensive.
One new technology for the pool market is the Glass Filter. Here is why the Glass Filter
is taking over the market. A regular (inexpensive) sand filter is used but instead of filling
the filter with sand it is filled with Ionized Glass Media. This glass media filters down to
2 microns and costs about 50% less than a De filter. You also have the added benefit of
incredibly easy operation usually associated with a sand filter. Another big benefit is
that the glass media only needs to be replaced every ten years whereas high rate sand
must be replaced every four years.
Written by the most interesting pool professional on earth Christopher Ward