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    Run Pump Every Other Day?

    In anticipation of the summer high energy months, a few folks I know were talking about running their pumps every other day. That doesn't seem feasible to me - I know what mine looked at after a day without a pump. What do you guys think?
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    sounds like a bad idea... I would think cutting down the run time a little each day would be a more feasible option...

    Also, how are they sanitizing/circulating chems without running the pump??

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    It would be better to reduce the run time by half and run every day, IMO. If you have a chlorinator of any type, you are asking for problems going a full day without chlorination. For the sanitizer to be truly effective, you need circulation.
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    Reducing the run time seems like a much better and easier to accomplish idea, IMHO.
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    Ideally you want to run the pump two or three times a day, assuming that is practical in your situation (your timer supports that, fits with time of day electrical rates, etc). Once a day is about the least frequent that works reasonably well.
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    Perhaps running your pump only at night when the rates are the cheapest (if you have that kind of billing) would give you acceptable costs while still maintaining good circulation.
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    Hmmm.. I usually only run my pump 10-12 hours a day Thurs-Sun. Should I do it daily even if we are not swimming?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjdurrant
    Hmmm.. I usually only run my pump 10-12 hours a day Thurs-Sun. Should I do it daily even if we are not swimming?
    I vote "YES" on tha one, jj.

    Also, you might want to think about reducing your run time to see how that goes.

    We run 6 to 8 hrs per day, split half AM & half PM. Water is balanced and beautiful.
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    Ok.. Dam. I really need a timer. I assume a good freeze proof one is a couple hundred? Is there a particluar model you recommend?
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    Mine is next to the electrical panel in the garage and cost $24.00 from home depot. I think it may have been called a hot water heater timer. Can turn it on/off multiple times per day.
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    ^^ my only concern is the -30 temps here in MN.
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    If you only need a basic on/off timer, I highly recommend the Intermatic T100 series. I got a T101 from my local independent hardware store for $45. It's a 40amp/2HP timer. Lowe's has the T103 in my area for $52.18. I picked up an extra set of trippers for $2.50 to run mine twice a day. Home Depot also appears to have a T100 series for $39.93 although they use their own part number so I can't tell exactly which one it is.
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    I would lessen the run time to no less than 6-8 hrs per day. Also check with your local power company to find out what the peak and non-peak kilowatt hours will be. And try to run your pump in the non-peak hours in the morning and late evening. I've already been doing this.

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    The rule of thumb, which has worked well for me, is to run your pump one hour for every 10 degrees of your average temperature. If it's in the 80's - 8 hrs, in the 90's = 9 hours.

    I run my pump for a few hours in the morning, along with the pool cleaner to get any debris that has fallen in the pool overnight, and then I run the pump the rest of the time in the evening after the pool is in the shade. This allows the sanitizer (chlorine) the greatest amount of time to effectively kill pathogens in the water without being consumed by sunlight.
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    I take it that those of you who are running mornings and nights do not have solar heaters? If I have a solar heater, I assume it is necessary to run when the sun is hottest, or late morning until 5pm.
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