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How Long Do Pool Heat Pumps Last? (3 Tips & 3 FAQs)


Today, pool heat pumps have become a truly affordable way to heat the swimming pool due to their high efficiency and long lifespan. Especially for those looking to make the most of their swimming pools during the colder months, investing in a pool heat pump is a great option. But how long does a pool heat pump last? It is the top concern of every pool heat pump owner.

How Long Does a Pool Heat Pump Last?

Generally speaking, the lifespan of an air source swimming pool heat pump can be as long as ten years. If you use your pool heat pump properly, keep it well maintained, and ensure your pool's water chemistry is balanced, your pool heat pump can last longer than expected - up to a decade or more.

Fairland has an old model on/off pool heat pump that has recently received inquiries from customers in France looking for after-sales service. Obviously, the swimming pool heat pump continues to function normally for all ten years. This case study exactly shows that the longer a pool heat pump lasts, the less it will cost you to repair it. Thus, choosing the right pool heat pump wholesale is definitely a rewarding investment in the long run.

What Affects the Lifespan of a Pool Heat Pump?

Whether it is an on/off or inverter pool heat pump, the most decisive factor affecting the lifespan is the quality of the pool heat pump itself, including the quality of accessories and the design of the equipment. With proper installation and maintenance, swimming pool heat pumps can easily last five to ten years and maximize energy efficiency.

3 Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Pool Heat Pump

We recommend using your pool heat pump properly with the following three tips to extend its lifespan, saving you time, energy and costs.

1. Leave enough space for the pool heat pump, and keep the vents not blocked.

Swimming pool heat pumps require a lot of air circulation, so there must be enough space to maintain a steady airflow. It is primary to ensure no obstruction around the pool heat pump.

The pool heat pump draws in air through a vent as part of the heating process. Since continued overheating can seriously damage the equipment, we suggest keeping the vents open. This can not only improve the efficiency of the equipment but also avoid needless overheating, which is a terrific technique to extend the lifespan of pool heat pumps.

2. Keep the pool heat pump running by using it frequently.

Unlike gas heaters, pool heat pumps are most efficient when used frequently and for extended periods. If you only run the pool heat pump while using the pool, it must work hard to raise the water temperature to the desired level, which will cost you more time and money. But if you run the pool heat pump regularly, it only needs to make up for the lost heat. Therefore, using the pool heat pump frequently is one of the best ways to keep it in good working order.

Run the pool heat pump continuously for 72 hours or at the warmest time of the day if possible. Your pool will be able to attain the desired temperature. We used to install solar pool covers to prevent heat loss and speed up the heating process. But it may now be considerably easier. As long as it is an inverter pool heat pump, it can intelligently and efficiently heat to the required temperature and keep running at a low speed. The higher the COP value, the better the energy-saving performance. You save not only energy but also money on your heating expenses.

Plus, there is a little tip that can extend the lifespan of your pool heat pump - Do not switch the pool heat pump on and off frequently. The inverter pool heat pump can keep running at a low speed, saving more energy and cost than the repeated start and stop of on/off heat pumps. You can leave it running during the swim season and turns it off in the off-season.

3. Troubleshoot the pool heat pump as soon as possible once a problem is suspected.

As a cost-effective pool owner, you surely understand the need for proper maintenance of your pool heat pump - as routine maintenance often costs less than unexpected replacement parts. So the sooner you fix the problem, the fewer damages caused to your equipment, the less pressure you have to maintain it, and the more time you can enjoy swimming in the pool. Make a plan to maintain your pool heat pump regularly. Taking a little extra time to fix minor problems can keep your pool heat pump in good working order all the time.

3 Frequently Asked Questions for Using Pool Heat Pumps

In addition, we have compiled some frequently asked questions that we hope will help pool users maximize the use of their pool heat pump.

Q1: How long does it take to heat a swimming pool with a heat pump?

It is mostly determined by the size of the pool and other factors such as whether the swimming pool has a cover, the climate in your area, and more. We usually heat the chilly water in the pool at the beginning of the swim season. Under the circumstances, a pool heat pump can heat a normal 32-square-meter swimming pool to 28 degrees Celsius in 12 to 48 hours.

Q2: Should I leave my pool heat pump on all the time?

It's all up to your plan of the pool use. Never fully shut off the pool heat pump if you swim a lot. We suggest keeping it running at a lower temperature to maintain the swimming pool warm. The next day when you use the pool again, the pool heat pump can save more energy or time to reach the desired temperature. Switch the equipment off completely only when you are not using the pool for a long time, as it will help you reduce unnecessary energy consumption and costs.

Q3: Is it better to run the pool heat pump in the daytime or at night?

In terms of energy efficiency, running a pool heat pump during the day, which converts warm ambient air into your swimming pool, definitely makes the pool heat pump run more efficiently. However, if you want the temperature to be warm enough for morning swimming, you may have to heat the pool earlier in the evening. It will be easier with a constant temperature automatic control system. Leveraging the revolutionary TurboSilence® inverter technology, the INVERX Vertical inverter pool heat pump by Fairland can realize the intelligent constant temperature swimming pool for 4-season swimming. The INVERX Vertical increases heating capacity by 20% while operating silently, which provides you 3 times energy savings and a 15 times quieter swimming environment. Thanks to the essential features of built-in Wi-Fi and remote control, you can control the pool heat pump on and off directly from your smart phone, making it easier to warm up the pool early, saving your time and energy in getting up early, as well as the heating costs.

Final Words

Heating a pool of water can affect your energy bills. With proper maintenance, a quality pool heat pump can give you good service for more than ten years, which is a nice bit for your investment. Fairland's inverter swimming pool heat pumps, led by technological innovation, provide every pool family worldwide with a pleasant 4-season swimming experience. The 10-year high-quality user experience gives customers entire trust in the Fairland brand but also makes the Fairland R&D team more determined in the pursuit of continuous technology innovation. If you would like to experience the high efficiency of the Fairland inverter pool heat pump for yourself, contact us for more information via email at

To learn more about the Built-in Wi-Fi Features of INVERX Vertical, please read the following post:

Fairland INVERX Brings Ultimate Convenience Experience with Built-in Wi-Fi Features

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