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    Pump Run Time

    Pool is working perfectly with chlorine TFP. Added Borates and love the feel and chemistry stability now that everything is "just right".

    My final area of curiosity now is pump circulation run time. Our pool is enclosed in our screened patio and use Hayward Ultra pool vac so debris is really not a factor from a skimmer point of view. So what are the parameters that dictate minimum pump circulation run time. I understand pump electric demand is a significant consumer of electrical dollars so I want to do right by the pool but save money if I can. Right now the pump runs from 8 am to 6 pm.

    Thanks in advance.

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    15000 gal in-ground rectangular concrete/pebble-tech pool. Hot Springs Prodigy 325 gal spa.

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    Re: Pump Run Time

    Check out this article in Pool School: Pool School - Determine Pump Run Time

    Your pool likely only needs 4 hours of circulation per day. Do you have a timer on the pump? Is it single speed, two speed or variable speed? Would help to list your pump specs in your signature.

    I personally run my single speed, 1 HP pump 6 hours per day. 3 hours midday and 3 hours late in the evening. A salt water chlorine generator would also significantly impact your pump run time needs.
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    Re: Pump Run Time

    Thanks for the link. I'll post pump details when I get home but its definitely a single speed and I believe 1 hp. I do have a timer so that would be easy to set.
    15000 gal in-ground rectangular concrete/pebble-tech pool. Hot Springs Prodigy 325 gal spa.

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    Re: Pump Run Time

    I too wonder about this? I currently have my timer to turn on/off every three hours so I go through 8 cycles a day. Last year I had it on/off every four hours. I also keep my pump set on high. Any advice someone could add to this? Is this too much?
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    Re: Pump Run Time

    If it's on/off every 3 hours, isn't that the same as on/off every 4 hours? Either way, it's 50% of the time. 12 hours per day is likely overkill. Only run as much as it takes to keep the pool skimmed of surface debris, at least 4 hours per day.

    How many cycles and how long are they?
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    Re: Pump Run Time

    Here are the pump details.
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    Re: Pump Run Time

    I ran mine 3 hours a day and after a suggesting from Mark (mas985) i'm down to just 2 hours a day.

    pool is mostly covered with the bubble cover so skimming isn't going on unless the cover is off.

    seems to be just as clear so far.

    on weekends I take the cover off and run it longer and while swimming to keep the surface clear.
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