Pool Heater Ignition Lockout Troubleshooting: Learn How to Solve This Issue and Get Help Today
When it comes to digital technology, everything’s fantastic—until it begins acting up on you. Then you can start to feel like you’re in a scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which a computer has more power over your life than you have.
While a malfunctioning digital pool heater is unlikely to cause problems as spectacular as those experienced by HAL the robot in the film 2001, it can be aggravating.
Ignition lockout is a common concern among digital pool heater owners. The ignition lockout on pool heaters is intended to prevent overheating. Of course, this is a positive thing, but if owners are unable to reset their digital equipment and clear the lockout, the situation can quickly deteriorate. Your pool water will start to get chilly without a working pool heater, and it will soon be too cold for you to enjoy.
Ignition lockout in pool heaters: what causes it?
Digital pool heaters have automatic ignition systems that allow them to turn on and off, as well as change their heat output, to keep the pool water temperature at the correct level at all times. Pool heaters also feature temperature limit switches to prevent overheating. If the temperature is exceeded during ignition, the machine will shut down. This keeps your water from getting too hot right now, but if you don’t reset the limit switch, the water will get too cold.
What is the procedure for resetting my unit?
The techniques for clearing a pool heater ignition lockout differ based on the model and brand. However, the following are the general steps:
Reset the pool heater’s circuit breaker.
Using the control panel, put the system on standby (typically accomplished by pressing and holding the Up & Down buttons).
Look for an error message (if you see a code like bD or HF this could indicate a gas problem and your system will not reset until the problem is resolved).
Using the Up and Down buttons, adjust the maximum pool temperature to your liking.
Restart the filtration system.
If your pool heater indication light flashes slowly after performing these procedures, the issue has been resolved. If not, you’ll need to hire a pool heater repair service.
Can I prevent ignition lockouts in the future?
By correcting the following common issues, you can lessen your chances of another pool heater ignition lockout:
Filters and strainers that are clogged—temperature monitoring requires unrestricted flow.
Setting the pool heater to over 105°F is a simple technique to generate temperature excesses and lockouts.
Solar heat gain—when the pool is not in use, cover it to keep the sun’s heat from altering the water temperature.
When you work with The Stanley Louis Company, you can count on us to keep your pool heater in good shape and to provide quick service when you need it. Call us now at 800-217-6527 for help.