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    Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    I searched but couldn't find what I was looking for.

    I do not understand the difference between the timer settings and Speed settings. Both have speed and length of time to operate.

    Here are my settings:

    Timer:
    Low: 1400 10pm to 3am 7D
    Cleaning: 2350 3am to 7am 7D
    Timer 3: 1950 9:30 to 5:30pm Saturday. This is only used when we're in the pool We like circulating water when using the pool and it's the only way the spillway from the spa to the pool works.

    Speed:
    Speed 1 1400 5 hours
    Speed 2 2350 4 hours
    Speed 3 1950 8 hours (only as desired)
    Speed 4 (Backwash) 2800 30 minutes

    We live in Scottsdale,AZ where it's really hot. We run the pump at night and for a lot longer than less hot areas.

    What do I look at when setting the pump to run? The timer settings? The speed settings? Which is default?

    The owner's manual is one of the worst manuals I've read. It give what each thing is but not how or why or which to use.

    Thanks!
    ***Original owners of 18 year old 8500 gallon inground Pebbletec pool/spa with spillway into pool
    ***Saltwater system ***Hayward sand filter
    ***PebbleTec completely replaced April 2014 Hayward EcoStar Variable speed pump (IS3401VSP) installed May 2014 New sand - May 2014

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    Re: Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    After further research, my guess is that the timer settings are for the nightly cleaning. The blue speed buttons are manual settings for when we want to run the pump during the day. But, I really don't know that. And based on the tech that installed it, my guess doesn't make sense.
    ***Original owners of 18 year old 8500 gallon inground Pebbletec pool/spa with spillway into pool
    ***Saltwater system ***Hayward sand filter
    ***PebbleTec completely replaced April 2014 Hayward EcoStar Variable speed pump (IS3401VSP) installed May 2014 New sand - May 2014

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    Re: Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    Quote Originally Posted by azsunshine2014 View Post
    I searched but couldn't find what I was looking for.

    I do not understand the difference between the timer settings and Speed settings. Both have speed and length of time to operate.

    Here are my settings:
    .

    Thanks!
    What piece of equipment is this you're referring to? Model number, etc.
    22,500 gallon in-ground. 2 skimmers plus deep-end intake. Hayward sand filter. Polaris with booster pump.

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    Re: Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    Looks like a variable speed pump. The speed settings determines how hard the water is pushed, the timer is how long it runs. The 4 digit number is the rpm of the pump ( speed)

    What kind of automation system do you have?
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    Re: Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    Well, duh, that would help! It's in my head but didn't make it to the written page.

    Hayward EcoStar IS3401VSP

    Sorry!

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    If the speed settings are for how hard the water is pushed, then why is there a setting for # of hours to run in each speed setting?
    If the timer is for how long it runs, they why is there a setting for speed for each timer setting?

    That's where it doesn't make sense.
    ***Original owners of 18 year old 8500 gallon inground Pebbletec pool/spa with spillway into pool
    ***Saltwater system ***Hayward sand filter
    ***PebbleTec completely replaced April 2014 Hayward EcoStar Variable speed pump (IS3401VSP) installed May 2014 New sand - May 2014

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    Re: Difference between timer settings and Speed settings

    They are trying to make it "easy" so you can program a schedule regardless of which way you get to the list. Though I agree that all they have done is make it more confusing.

    When it comes down to it, there are four timers, each of which can be given a time to run and a speed to run at. You are just looking at them in different ways.
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