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    Variable speed pump and pool timer

    First post... I installed a Hayward Salt System today. The intermatic pool timer was beat and part of it snapped while I was pulling the wires. It's a 220 volt.

    I have been thinking of getting a variable speed pump. My little 1hp for my 13,000 gallon pool has a hard time moving the vacuum while the skimmer is on.

    Anyways, before I spend $60 on a new pool timer - do the hayward variable timers get wired with constant power? Or do I still run/power it from the pool timer?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Variable speed pump and pool timer

    Variable speed pumps have built in timers and should be wired directly to a circuit breaker.
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    Re: Variable speed pump and pool timer

    So then do you wire the salt system control box to the pump? Or breaker as well?

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    Re: Variable speed pump and pool timer

    No, my SWG is wired to its own timer and I set it to run inside the run window for the pump.
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    Re: Variable speed pump and pool timer

    So how do you get them to kick on at the same time? I mean I'm guessing they're "close enough"?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't want constant power to the sale system right?

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    Re: Variable speed pump and pool timer

    That is correct, the SWG should not be powered up when the pump is not running, they can explode from gas build up.

    I check the times from time to time to make sure they are synced up. Then I always set the SWG to come on 20 or 30 minutes after the pump starts and the SWG always turns off well before the pump shuts off because I run my pump a lot more than my SWG. Pump is running sun up to sunset right now for solar heat. SWG runs 7 or 8 hours.
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