I just got a Gulf Stream GS 1000 Heat Pump and I have a few questions regarding the instal and operation of the unit. I am new to the pool thing as of this July when we installed our first pool. Its a 27 round 52 inch Aqua Leader pool. Holds about 17000 gal. The GS 1000 is a 113500 BTU unit. I live in Raleigh NC where the typical temperatures this time of year are daytime 70 to 80 deg F and nights are 45 to 60 deg F.
My questions are as follows:
1- I plan to install the heat pump so that it can be removed from the system and bypassed while installed if desired. If in the summer I do not wish to run the heater should I bypass it with water flow or just let the water flow through the unit while it is off? Does it matter one way or the other?
2- Is it standard for heat pumps to have flow detection devices that turn off the heater when flow stops automatically. The reason I ask is I have my pump set up on a timer to run 14 houres a day and wondering if I need to do something to automate the heater as well or if I can rely on the built in flow switch and thermostat for the heater operation.
3- What should I expect out of the heater this time of year? How much temp rise per day should be expected and should I even run the heater at night if the temps are going below 50 deg F? I have purchased a solar cover to keep the heat in at night and when not in use. I will close the pool down as soon as we stop having 70 degree days but I suree would like to get it back to swimmable temps before then. The water is about 65 now. BURRRR! If any of you with experience with heat pumps could give me some idea of what to expect or offer any suggestions I sure would be greatful!
Thanks for any and all advice!