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    Pump Programming

    I'm new to pools, just moved here to FL panhandle. I've got chemistry (balanced) and mechanicals down (on third IC-40 after failures under warranty!!).

    Question. How does this sound for pump operation. One point is for freezing (in December, now not a worry) and another is for near constant circulation, to fight algae growth. Lower RPM is about 100 watts and that seems workable. Any thoughts?

    2500 RPM 6AM - 10AM
    1800 RPM 10AM - 12PM
    800 RPM 6PM - 11PM
    800 RPM 12AM - 6AM
    22,000 gallon, outdoor, vinyl liner, Pentair Var Speed pump, IC-40 SWG, Polaris 380

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    Re: Pump Programming

    I run mine @ 1700 RPMs from 5am-10pm.....works like a charm....electicity bill been great!

    15000 gallon pool (15x30 + 7x7 sitting area), IG-Blue Pebble, Sand Filter-Hayward Pro Series, Pump-Hayward Tristar VS pump, Water Test Kit-TF 100, NEW POOL-COMPLETED ON 5/7/16, City Water w/no restriction, Dolphin M400

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    Re: Pump Programming

    Meant to add that even though it may sound like overkill on the circulation aspect, the variable speed pump allows you to work wonders!

    15000 gallon pool (15x30 + 7x7 sitting area), IG-Blue Pebble, Sand Filter-Hayward Pro Series, Pump-Hayward Tristar VS pump, Water Test Kit-TF 100, NEW POOL-COMPLETED ON 5/7/16, City Water w/no restriction, Dolphin M400

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    Re: Pump Programming

    Thanks Sam! Your program sounds workable. Just wondering if mine is, as you say, possible overkill.
    22,000 gallon, outdoor, vinyl liner, Pentair Var Speed pump, IC-40 SWG, Polaris 380

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    Re: Pump Programming

    Quote Originally Posted by Barney.Peterson View Post
    I'm new to pools, just moved here to FL panhandle. I've got chemistry (balanced) and mechanicals down (on third IC-40 after failures under warranty!!).

    Question. How does this sound for pump operation. One point is for freezing (in December, now not a worry) and another is for near constant circulation, to fight algae growth. Lower RPM is about 100 watts and that seems workable. Any thoughts?

    2500 RPM 6AM - 10AM
    1800 RPM 10AM - 12PM
    800 RPM 6PM - 11PM
    800 RPM 12AM - 6AM

    Barney,

    Each pool is a little different... You generally run a pump for three reasons:

    1. To keep surface debris moving and being pushed into the skimmers. The more debris the more often you need to run the pump.

    2. If you have a Salt Water Chlorine Generator (SWCG) you'll need to run it long enough to generate the amount of chlorine needed.

    3. To circulate the water to ensure the chlorine is effectively distributed throughout the pool. Two or three hours per day is all that is needed for this to happen in most pools.

    There really is no one answer that fits everyone.

    In my case I run my pump 24/7, at 1,200 RPM most of the time, for less than $20 a month. I do this mainly because I like the idea of the SWCG producing chlorine on a continual basis which I believe keeps the FC level more stable. Certainly not for everyone, but it works for me. I do ramp up the speed a few times a day to help with the skimming action

    I have to run a minimum of 1,100 for my flow switch to close on the SWCG.. I add another 100 RPM just to make sure...

    I suspect your 800 may not close your flow switch.

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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    Re: Pump Programming

    Thanks Jim for the reply! I have my IC-40 on a timer to run only during the six hours when the pump is at higher RPM. At 40% it keeps the chlorine around 5ppm. I am starting to see your point that every pool is unique. Maintenance is an art, with science mixed in ��
    22,000 gallon, outdoor, vinyl liner, Pentair Var Speed pump, IC-40 SWG, Polaris 380

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