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    Central Texas winter

    What do all you Central Texans do to your pool over winter? I am in the Austin area, and seems all my neighbors just keep things the way they are in the summer. I have noticed a dramatic reduction in chlorine consumption, and have dialed back the pump times a bit.

    Any advise would be appreciated.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    Run it a few hours a day and keep chlorine in it just like over the summer. It should take much less chlorine to hold the same levels.
    Your equipment should have have a freeze sensor to turn the pumps on when it is freezing out - it won't get cold enough in Tx to make flowing water freeze.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    So, how much can I back off the pump? I have a Stenner pump for liquid chlorine and it is run off the easytouch. Currently I am running it about 20 min a day so the pump is really not required to run much to get chlorine into the pool.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    So, how much can I back off the pump?
    The answer is, "As much as you want to". Simply run your pool pump as long as it takes to keep the water reasonably clean.

    I started with a run time of about 10 hours daily as summer faded and am now down to only 3.5 hours daily. I also run the robot every other day because I get a lot of debris that sinks so the robot is helping keep the water clean somewhat.

    So, pick a run time that makes sense to you and see how your pool behaves. If it stays sparkling clear, you may decide to cut it back some more.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    Down to 4 hours a day in East Texas and could go less I'm sure.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    Run your pump as much as you need to to skim, mix chems, etc. There is no set amount of time as it is different for all pools.

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    Re: Central Texas winter

    I live in the Dallas area. I make mine run from 12am - 4am. I have built in freeze protection that kicks on at 34 degrees. I figured I dont want the pool to run during the day and then run again at night when/if the freeze protection kicks in. The water seems too cold to eat through tabs very quickly. But then again, you dont really need as much for the same reason.
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    Re: Central Texas winter

    I'm also running mine from 12-4. I manually keep an eye on it when things get really cold, but even in that brutally cold winter we had last year I had no issues. My pool equipment is enclosed though, that cetainly helped.
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