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Thread: Ecotech EZ and "fireman's switch"

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    Ecotech EZ and "fireman's switch"

    I am planning to replace a WhisperFlo WFE6 with an Ecotech EZ EVSS15-NS. I currently have a mechanical timer that includes a "fireman's switch." To prevent damage to the heater, the switch turns off the heater 20 minutes before the pump shuts off. I've read the Ecotech installation and maintenance manual and can't find a similar feature. Do I just have to remember to turn off the heater at least 20 minutes before the pump shuts off? Or is there another method that would accomplish this?

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    western NY

    Re: Ecotech EZ and "fireman's switch"

    Not really sure what you are asking here...If the timer currently controls the heater and pump, then replacing the pump everything should still work the same. How old is the heater? Most newer ones don't require a "cooldown" period any more as once the fire shuts off there is no more heat going into the unit and that is the highest temp point the unit will see
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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    Re: Ecotech EZ and "fireman's switch"

    The Ecotech EZ has a built-in electronic timer so the need for the mechanical timer is eliminated. When I install the EZ, the fireman's switch will be bypassed/eliminated. So the question is, what do homeowners do about the fireman's switch function when they install a variable speed motor with built in timer? Rely on memory to run the pump for 20 minutes after shutting off the heater? Or is there another solution?

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    Dallas Ga

    Re: Ecotech EZ and "fireman's switch"

    From the instructions that I can find, you are going to need to add an additional timer to control the heater. They don't seem to be able to control any type of external device.
    Bob - Palm Beach by San Juan Pools. approx 5000 gals Pentair 320 cartridge filter (all new guts installed by me) Goldline SWG Intermec 104 TImer Test kit K-2006-C

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