Saltwater pools, like any other type of pool, can require repairs and maintenance over time. In fact, since saltwater pools have more equipment (the chlorination system) than other pools, you can expect more repairs and eventual replacements over time.
Some of the most expensive saltwater pool repairs include the following equipment discussed below. Note that in some cases a repair actually constitutes a replacement as some parts can’t be fixed.
Replacement of the salt cell
The salt cell is an essential component of a saltwater pool that generates chlorine from salt. If the salt cell fails, it can be costly to replace, as these can cost several hundred dollars. It can’t be repaired and will have to be replaced.
Each salt cell has a lifespan measured in the total amount of chlorine in pounds that can be expected to produce. When that amount has been reached, you will need to buy a new one. It it’s also possible that salt cell suffers damage or premature wear that will also require its replacement.
The good news is that a salt cell simply screws into piping and assuming you buy the same model, you can typically do this job yourself in minutes.
Estimated replacement cost
The price range of a salt cell replacement for a saltwater pool can vary depending on several factors, such as the brand of the salt cell, the type of cell, and the size of the pool.
On average, a replacement salt cell can cost anywhere from $200 to $800. However, there are some high-end models that can cost upwards of $1,000 or more.
It’s also important to consider the installation costs, as the replacement of a salt cell can require professional installation in some cases if you were to switch brands. This can add to the overall cost of the job.
To ensure that you are getting the best price for a replacement salt cell, it’s recommended to compare prices and options from different retailers or pool supply stores. Salt cells can be bought online often cheaper from discount pool companies.
Additionally, you can consult with a pool maintenance professional to get an estimate for the cost of the replacement and installation.
Replacement of the pool liner
If the pool liner becomes damaged or worn, it may need to be replaced. This can be a costly repair, with costs starting at several thousand dollars and up, depending on the size and type of pool and style of replacement liner you choose.
At some point, your vinyl liner will reach the end of its lifespan whether due to wear, weathering, rips, tears or fading and will need to be replaced. Of course, this also means emptying the water from your pool and eventually refilling it again. So not only will your pool not be usable during this time, you’ll have to pay to refill it with fresh water and balance it from scratch.
Estimated replacement cost
The price range of a vinyl liner replacement for a saltwater pool can vary depending on the size and type of pool, the thickness of the liner, and any additional features or customization options.
On average, the cost of a vinyl liner replacement for a saltwater pool can range from $3,000 to $7,000, but can be higher for larger or more complex pools. The price can also vary based on the region, as labor and materials costs can differ between areas.
It’s important to note that the cost of the liner replacement includes not only the liner itself, but also the removal of the old liner, preparation of the pool surface, and installation of the new liner.
Additionally, if any repairs or modifications are needed to the pool structure, such as fixing cracks or adjusting the pool’s dimensions, this can add to the cost of the replacement.
And as mentioned, once the liner has been replaced you’ll have to pay to refill your pool with fresh water most likely trucked in for convenience and speed.
Repair of leaks
Leaks can occur in any type of pool, but they can be more difficult to detect and repair in a saltwater pool due to the corrosive nature of salt. Depending on the location and severity of the leak, repairs can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. And if the leaks are big enough, it might be time for a new liner (see above).
While you might see some leaks visually, if it’s in a hard-to-find place like on the bottom of the pool, you’ll need a pool company to help you locate the leak(s) and determine the best course of action.
Estimated repair cost
The price range of leak repairs for a saltwater pool can vary depending on the location and severity of the leak, as well as the type of repair needed.
For small leaks that can be easily identified and repaired, the cost can range from $100 to $500, depending on the complexity of the repair and the amount of time required to complete the work.
For larger or more complex leaks, such as leaks in the pool shell or plumbing system, the cost can range from $500 to $3,000 or more, depending on the extent of the damage and the difficulty of the repair.
In some cases, detecting and repairing the leak may require specialized equipment or techniques, such as leak detection cameras or pressure testing. These additional services can increase the cost of the repair. At some point and if your liner is old enough, you might consider replacing it.
It’s important to address any leaks in your saltwater pool as soon as possible, as they can cause damage to the pool structure and equipment, as well as increase your water and energy bills.
Repair of the pool pump
The pool pump is a critical component of a saltwater pool, and if it fails, it can be expensive to repair or replace. Costs for repairs or replacement can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
The lifespan of a pool pump can vary depending on several factors, including the brand and model of the pump, the quality of the installation and maintenance, and the frequency and duration of use.
On average, a well-maintained pool pump can last as long as 8 to 12 years. However, some high-end pumps with advanced features and durable materials may last up to 15 years or more particularly if you don’t live in a harsh winter environment.
Estimated replacement cost
For minor pump repairs, such as replacing a faulty motor or impeller, the cost can range from $200 to $500, depending on the parts needed and the amount of labor required.
If repairs are higher than that, you’re probably better off biting the bullet and buying a (potentially) more energy efficient new model pump.
On average, the cost of a pump replacement for a saltwater pool can range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the brand and model of the pump, as well as any additional features or upgrades.
Some high-end pumps with advanced features or larger horsepower can cost upwards of $2,000 or more. It’s important to choose a pump that is properly sized for your pool and meets your specific needs in terms of water flow, energy efficiency, and noise level.
In addition to the cost of the pump itself, you may also need to consider the cost of installation, which can vary depending on the complexity of the installation process and any additional repairs or modifications that are needed.
Repair of the pool heater
If the pool heater malfunctions or breaks down, it can be costly to repair or replace, with costs ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
Sometimes the problem is something annoying such as cobwebs blocking gas flow which can easily prevent the heater from working. It still might require a certified gas fitter or other professional to remedy the problem.
In other cases, it can be something more serious such as a leak or major part replacement that may lead to debate whether to repair or replace.
For minor repairs, such as replacing a faulty igniter or sensor, the cost can range from $150 to $500, depending on the cost of the replacement parts and the amount of labor required.
For more significant repairs, such as fixing a damaged heat exchanger or replacing a corroded gas valve, the cost can range from $500 to $1,500 or more, depending on the complexity of the repair and the cost of the replacement parts.
On average, the cost of a gas pool heater replacement can range from $2,000 to $4,500 or more, depending on the brand and model of the heater, as well as any additional features or upgrades.
Some high-end gas pool heaters with advanced features or larger heating capacity can cost upwards of $5,000 or more. It’s important to choose a heater that is properly sized for your pool and meets your specific needs in terms of heating capacity, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.