I'm looking for a timer to control my pump and heater. I'm assuming this is it above. My general goal would be to have the ability to have the pump run maybe twice daily to clean/heat the pool - with the ability to manually override, of course.
I have a Hayward NG heater that is about 8 years old and a Hayward Super pump. (DE filter, although not sure it matters). The heater has a domed top and an electronic panel that has (IIRC) a touchpad for Pool and Spa (we don't have a spa) and up and down arrows to set water temperature. That's about it. Both are hard-wired into a circuit panel in the pool house.
I'm generally handy DIY'er but not an electrical expert. I'm curious about a few things.
a) what do I need to know to get the right timer?
b) how difficult is this job?
c) I can understand the pump working on the timer, but not sure about the heater. Do you hook this up and just leave the heater set to ON and it will turn on when the timer sends it power?
d) Are there other options? Can I get a timer that is controlled by an iphone or ipad? (That would be ideal and worth the extra money - would be cool to attach lights to it as well)
Thoughts? Help? Thanks in advance.