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Thread: Solar Cover, Heater and Pump

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    Mar 2008

    Solar Cover, Heater and Pump

    Since this is my first pool and I don't know any better...Can I run my heater and pump while the solar cover is on?
    20x12X4 Oval Fiberglass walls and concrete bottom.
    Pool is in an unconditioned atrium. (being remodeled)
    3/4 HP Hayward Pro Pump. Tankless Water Heater.
    Hayward S180T Sand Filter.

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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana
    Yes. Best to remove it at least every few days for out gassing and to let the skimmers work.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    Apr 2007
    If you have the cover on there really is no need to let the skimmers work as there is nothing getting in the water - it is falling onto the cover.

    I have operated my pool for 10 years with the pump running and the solar cover on -- and only take it off when someone wants to swim with no problems.
    20x40 IG vinyl, heatpump and solar and 3 siberian huskies, 10kw PV solar electric system. Nikon Photographer D800e dSLR.

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    I also run my pump (and heat pump on my last pool) with the solar cover on. I usually close the skimmer and pump from the drain to circulate the the coldest water from bottom out the returns to the top in order to warm the pool a little faster.

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    Mar 2008
    Central VA
    Great idea! I run my heat pump with a solar cover on, as well, but have been frustrated (last season, haven't run it yet this season) with the s-l-o-w rate at which my temp. would come up. Maybe closing the skimmers will help this year...
    Pool: 16x36, 16,800 gal., vinyl, sand filter, SWG & AquaCal Heat Pump
    Spa: Hot Springs Sovereign, 355 gal., ozone/ion
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