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    Polaris Run Time

    How long should I be running my Polaris per day? Right now it runs 6 hours (3 hours per cycle x 2 cycles) per day. Thinking this may be too much and costing me $$$$.
    18,500 gallons, Cartridge Filter, In Ground Plaster. Jandy CL460 Filter

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    Polaris Run Time

    How long do you guys run your pool cleaners? I have been running mine 6 hours per day but talking to others sounds way overboard.
    18,500 gallons, Cartridge Filter, In Ground Plaster. Jandy CL460 Filter

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    Re: Polaris Run Time

    I know this isn't what you're looking for but you run it as long as it takes to keep the pool clean. Ever how long that is will take trial and error to figure out.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: Polaris Run Time

    4 to 6 hours depending on season, but not all at once.

    I run the Polaris for 30 minutes after the waterfall does a 30 minute cycle, which is twice a day mid AM and early evening. That is to pick up any trash the waterfall has created. Then for 3 hrs in the afternoon for the main cleaning cycle. I run the pool filter in the coolest hours of the night, midnight to 8 AM to keep the pool cooler.

    In the morning it is actually chilly, but after the waterfall and polaris run there are hot spots. One where the spa spills over as the main filter runs when the polaris runs, the other near the waterfall. Very weird swimming down the pool in the afternoon; warmish in the shallow end, then cooler, then warm, then cooler still, then very warm, then very cool in the deep end.

    In the winter I reverse, and the pool runs in the heat of the day and the waterfall too. The polaris runs during the day then as well, for more like 6 hrs total since there are so many leaves then.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: Polaris Run Time

    My Polaris run time is about 3 hours a day, I think it runs about from 9a to 12p. The bottom is always clean. The filter pump runs from 8a to 6p during the summer, sometimes more. During the winter, the filter pump runs from 3a to 6a, this is to minimize the total pump time if the freeze protection kicks the pump on, since these are hours it is most likely to be coldest. The polaris may run for an hour during the winter.

    I do like to run the Polaris when someone is likely to be home, since in the past, I have found it stranded on the sunshelf squirting water out of the pool and a few times with the supply hose whipping around the pool after becoming detached from the cleaner.
    Gary
    21k gal SW, IG Gunite PebbleSheen, 1HP Jandy, Jandy 340 filter, Polaris 280, 17' fiberglass slide w/ 2HP pump.

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