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    How Long to run the pump a day?

    I'm down in southwest Parrish,Fl. and its been kind of chilly here this winter about 50-70 degrees and we are not using the pool now so I'm keeping it heated to about 60 for now till it warms up more. Since I'm new to owning a pool here I have only been filtering it about 6-7 hours a day. haven't had to do much to keep it clear so far just putting in some bleach once a week and some Muriatic acid trying to lower the PH down a bit after some rain.
    Last test from the pool store the TC 5.0. FC 5.0,CC 0.0,pH 8.0 acid demand 2, TA 90 CH375 Stabilizer 140 total dissolved solids is 1,100 ppm.That is According to their tests though.I just ordered my own Taylor K2006 kit the other day and a new filter.I was just wandering if what I'm doing for now is OK or should I run the filter for a longer or shorter time.I'm sure when it gets hotter and we start using it Ill have to do it longer.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    The short answer is as little as it takes. There is no set requirement other than getting enough chlorine in the pool so as long as you do that, you can run it for as short as you want.

    I only run about 4 hours in the heat of the summer (100+) and have had no issues what so ever. I would probably run shorter if my SWG could keep up.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Why keep the pool heated when you're not using it? Start with 6 hours in summer and see how your water likes it. Even split up run times if you have a timer on it. Down size that if you can.
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Thanks and good answer Sir and I was thinking that myself and I just set the heater on 50 the other day so it's not kicking on the heater now as long as it stays there. Ill wait till it warms up and we want to use it more.Then move it up to what we like it at.I also set the pump timer to 4 hrs a day for now and I haven't added anymore tabs in it since we been here either.Just trying the get the levels inline for now and get a new filters, since the one that was in there was in kinda bad condition when I cleaned it.I think it was from when the pool was built in 2010 or they never cleaned it the pressure is at 13 now on the gauge since I cleaned it.Thanks

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    I run my pump for 4 hours or so a day. Just enough to turn the water over. I have no vegetation around my pool that would require more. Every pool is different so there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your pool. Find out what works best for you at the minimum.
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Hi Sgt!
    yeah, what others said for pump run time. Largely, the turnover rate often mentioned is mythical. If you keep your water parameters in check per TFP recommendations, then the water will be clear.
    Only about 1% of debris which is in the water is actually in the water column. For the most part, Its either on the top, or on the bottom.

    Run it long enough for good circulation and to keep stuff floating on the surface skimmed off and keep the bottom clean and you wont have any worries with clarity.

    Me, I run my pump quite a bit because there is LOTS of pampa grass seeds and other stuff from all the tress that get in my water, and I like my water pretty!
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Quote Originally Posted by mas985
    The short answer is as little as it takes. There is no set requirement other than getting enough chlorine in the pool so as long as you do that, you can run it for as short as you want.
    ^^What he said.

    I have a manually-chlorinated pool (e.g., no SWG). I run my pump manually on an as-needed basis - no automatic timers unless I'm out of town. Unlike last winter, temps have stayed above freezing a majority of the time even at night this year. As a result, I have been able to go nearly a week between pump runs this off-season. The water parameters have stayed in-check. When I do have to add chlorine, I run the pump while adding it and then for about a half-hour or so after adding it. I will run it daily during the swim season but, even then, it's usually for only an hour or two a day - more after pool parties or when an unusually high amount of debris gets blown in.
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    I'm in Seminole, FL. Water temps been sound 60 to 65 for the last 3 weeks. I've been running 2 hrs in the morning and 1 in the evening since the end of October with no issues. Just adding about 40oz Cl and 6 MA per week.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikech View Post
    I'm in Seminole, FL. Water temps been sound 60 to 65 for the last 3 weeks. I've been running 2 hrs in the morning and 1 in the evening since the end of October with no issues. Just adding about 40oz Cl and 6 MA per week.Mike
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Mine runs 1 hour in the morning and 2 in the evening. My SWG is too big for my pool so I can produce all the Cl I need in probably 1 or 2 hours pump time, which I'll cut back to in winter. My rule is keep reducing your pump time, if you start seeing floaties in the water then increase it till it clears, find a balance then.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    What are floaties? I hope not a dumb question...
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    floaties are small debris that floats on top of the water. Plant seeds, fuzzy things, small leaves, bug wings all come to mind as examples


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    What are floaties? I hope not a dumb question...
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    OK, Thanks
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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    In the last few days since it's getting even colder in the 40s. I set my pump to run for only 2 hours a day. I just want to see what the water looks like after a few days, since I'm under a birdcage I don't get much in the water just dust.Also I reset the temp to 50 so I'm not wasting money heating it stays cold IT might just kick on the heater.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    This may seem obvious, but once it starts to warm up a bit, plan on testing and adding bleach more often than once a week. Plan on daily at first until you learn what kind of chlorine demand is normal.

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    Re: How Long to run the pump a day?

    Quote Originally Posted by boston62 View Post
    What are floaties? I hope not a dumb question...
    Haha yeah sorry, as Divin Dave said anything that floats in or on the water that needs to be removed by the filter, hair, leaves, dirt etc etc if you still have a lot of it then you need to up your pump time.

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