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    Pump on / off Question

    My timer sets my pump to run at high speed from 1300 to 1900, and then turns it to low speed the remainder of the time. Is it necessary and/or detrimental to run the pump 24hrs a day?

    I am new to this system and pool ownership, and have been told the pump we have is a very low energy pump. It is a Hayward Northstar, 2HP pump. I dont mind running it 24hrs a day if it is beneficial, but I dont want to waste money if it isn't necessary.

    Looking for opinions on whether or not I should be manually turning it completely off at some point. Thanks!

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    Re: Pump on / off Question

    That is likely way longer than you need to be running the pump, although the only thing that running it that long hurts is your wallet.

    Read this:
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    Re: Pump on / off Question

    Awesome, thank you for the link.

    Was looking for something like that. Cant seem to set the timer to do an on / off schedule, just a low / high. Ill reinvestigate when I get home later.

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    Re: Pump on / off Question

    Is there any reason to be running the pump on high, other than maybe to move water around more when trying to balance chemicals, etc?

    It is a 30K gallon SWG pool.

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    Re: Pump on / off Question

    High speed might be needed for a suction cleaner, or if the skimming is not good enough on low.

    If you only have 1 mechanical timer it may just be able to select speed and not power on/off. If you get the model, we may be able to figure out if you could change the wiring for the timer to just control on/off and you could maybe add a manual switch to select speed. Just leave it on low and only flip it on high when you are backwashing or vacuuming.
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