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    When should I run my pump

    My pool is open, running great, and doing all the things it should - thanks !00% to the generosity of this forum.

    Now I am obsessed

    So after running my pump 100% of the time during some SLAMing to elminate Ammonia and then whatever else I am into general maintence mode.

    I am running the pump about 12 hours from 4pm until 4am - but am thinking that might not be necessary or the right time.

    Should I be running this during the day (when the pool gets some occasional light use) or is night the right time?

    Any advice???

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    Re: When should I run my pump

    Check out the "determining pump run time" article in Pool School. Likely only need 4 hours of run time.
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    Re: When should I run my pump

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Check out the "determining pump run time" article in Pool School. Likely only need 4 hours of run time.
    I did read that, thanks for noting it, but is there a time of day recommended?
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    Re: When should I run my pump

    It's mostly preference, enough hours/day for your pool, but the exact time isn't important. I have my timer set for 2-6 so that when I get home from work it's skimmed. Some take advantage of cheap electricity during the night. Some people break it up into different times, a little during the day, a little during the night. Etc.
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    Re: When should I run my pump

    Mr Bruce has you covered on that. One other point, it can cool the pool a bit if you run at night and warm it a bit if you run during the day.
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    Re: When should I run my pump

    All else being equal, I like to run mine during the times I see it most. Reason being that it keeps the surface skimmed, so leaves, flowers petals and pollen are non-existent when I view the pool. They accumulate to some extent while not running and are gone when I look.
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    Re: When should I run my pump

    during the swim season mine is usually covered with a bubble cover to retain heat, avoid evaporation & debris getting in. I was running it 3 hours a day
    but recently turned it down to 2 (mark (mas985) had suggested in another post that might be enough, so I'm going
    to try that.

    On saturdays and sundays though I usually run it most of the day (uncovered) for cleaning/skimming/swim times. and heating if it needs it.
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