Is my Pool Heater Bonded, and why should I care about it?

Is my Pool Heater Bonded, and why should I care about it?

Bonding connects two or more metal objects to create a low-resistance path for electricity. In the context of pool heaters, bonding is essential for safety. 

Pool heaters are typically powered by electricity. If the heater is not properly bonded, electric shock is likely. Bonding helps to ensure that any stray electrical current is safely discharged into the ground rather than through the pool water or the heater’s metal components. 

Bonding is also crucial for preventing corrosion. When two dissimilar metals are in contact with each other in the presence of water, an electrochemical reaction can occur that can lead to corrosion. Bonding helps to prevent this reaction by creating a continuous electrical path between the metals. 

To bond a pool heater, a bonding wire is connected to the heater’s metal frame and then to a grounding rod driven into the ground. The bonding wire should be copper and at least 8 AWG (American Wire Gauge). 

It is essential to have your pool heater bonded by a POLAIR Technician. Improper bonding can be dangerous and can void the warranty on your heater. Here are some of the benefits of Bonding your pool heater: 

  • • Reduces the risk of electric shock
  • • Prevents corrosion
  • • Extends the life of your heater
  • • Meets code requirements

If you are still determining whether your pool heater is bonded correctly, you should have it inspected by a POLAIR Technician. Contact us today at 561-395-6400 to get your pool heater inspected.

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