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Thread: Pump run time question

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    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Brookeland, Texas

    Pump run time question

    Assuming electrical consumption is a factor but not my main concern, which would be better for pool circulation:
    1: Run pump at higher speed for shorter period of time.
    2: Leave pump running at slower speeds 24/7.
    3: Something in between.

    I have a large pool with 5 returns, 2 skimmers and a raised spa that has 1 common return in it that allows water to circulate thru it during normal pool filtration modes. At lower pump speeds I don't get much water thru the spa return eye ball due to it being higher then the returns in the pool. I have put smaller eyeballs in the pool returns which helps some but not sure if it is still getting enough water circulating thru the spa. Also concerned that may not be getting enough water movement to stir things up in the pool at lower speeds & move things towards the skimmers.

    As far as electrical usage, it definitely is cheaper to run the pump slower for longer periods of time, which is certainly a good thing but I don't want to sacrifice my water quality to save a few bucks.
    12k gal. Free form 14' x 28' IG gunite, 8' raised spa, Hayward T15 SWG, Hayward Ecostar VS pump, Hayward Super II pump, Booster pump, Polaris 280, Hayward DE 7220 filter, 400k Btu heater, Color logic LED lights. Pro Logic controller with remote.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Noblesville, IN

    Re: Pump run time question

    I leave mine on 24-7. We have an in floor cleaning system and rarely have to vacuum.
    16 x 32 15300 gal. IG Vinyl Jandy pump, Jandy sand filter, Paramount circulation system, Automatic pool cover.

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    Re: Pump run time question

    I run mine prior to using the pool (to clean any leaves) and at night when I use shock/chlorine as im told its good to circulate water while using chemicals so they dont sit and eat your pool. I personally dont ever leave it on 24/7 unless im cleaning algae/massive dirt. I get very good turnover with a huge amount of water circulation so I dont think its necessary to run it all the time. How does your water look? If its clean what could you possibly want when there is no dirt. If your chemical levels are good algae should not be able to start if you run the pump at least once per day like for 6-8 hours.

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