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    Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    Hi all, hoping someone might be able to help answer a filter/pump question. I have an 18x52 round above ground pool with a Pentair Optiflo 1HP 60hz pump. We just opened the pool for summer (we're in San Diego) and I'm trying to figure out how long the pump/filter should be running each day. I've seen calculations online but the numbers aren't making sense. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance...

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    Re: Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    We happen to have an article about that very subject in Pool School. See this:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...-pump-run-time

    Lots more for you to read and learn about in there as well
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    Re: Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    I run mine a few hours a day and mainly to circulate my chlorine.
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    Re: Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    right now just 2 hours in the morning, which is also when I test and add any chemicals. probably starting next week I will set the timer for a 2 hour evening run as well as we are about to start really using the pool.
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    Re: Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    We happen to have an article about that very subject in Pool School. See this:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...-pump-run-time

    Lots more for you to read and learn about in there as well
    Thank you sooo much!!

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    Re: Newbie - How long to run pump/filter each day?

    I think I run three hours a day now. Plus whatever it gets when I'm vacuuming.
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