Pool Pump Guide

How long should I run my pool pump?

A pool pump does not need to be run 24/7. Running a pump constantly will wear it out faster, run your electric bill up, and essentially will make you have to buy a new pump sooner. Also, it’s important to have the appropriate pump size to accurately figure out how long your pump should be running per day. How many hours a day you should run your pump varies. By checking the rate of how fast your pump spins out water, it would be a simple calculation to see how long you need to run it.

The gallons of water in your pool divided by the gallons filtered per hour by your pump will give you a solid number for the amount of running time that’s necessary for your pump. For example, a pool with 20,000 gallons of water and a pump that filters 3,000 gallons per hour means that they need to run their pump approximately 6.5 hours per day.

Home pool pumps only need to be spun over a cycle on a pump once per day. Anything more is just added dollars on your electric bill. Over-running your pump won’t make your water extra clean, it’ll just be cleaning already clean water. As long as your chlorine and chemical balance is correct, your pump should run one cycle through six to eight hours. That’s it. If you’re running your pump 24/7, you could be cleaning four other pools as efficiently in that time. But, walking out to turn off the pump is so burdensome. What can you do?

Variable Speed

Variable speed pool pump schedule is the answer to your questions. Variable speed pool pump schedules will operate on a schedule that you set. While these pumps aren’t completely shut off, they work by lowering the speed – and amount of electricity needed – while pumping your water. That means that your pool will use significantly less electricity than if it was on full power all day.

Best Time

The best time to run a pool pump in summer varies depending on where you live and how you want to use your pool. If you want to spend all night in the pool, then running the pump during the day will be your best bet. This is popular for people who have a routine day job who just let the pump run its cycle while they are at work. Other pool owners prefer running the pool pump during the day to constantly move the water so it lessens evaporation.

Some people love lounging in the sun and will run their pool pumps at night when the waters are still, and they get less use. Moreover, people like to run their pumps at night in sunnier places, so their pump doesn’t have to exert itself in the high heat of the day. It all depends on your preferences.

Swimming pool pumps can be very costly, so making sure you’re using one correctly so that it lasts as long as it can help you in managing the investment of your pool. If your pump is having issues or not filtering properly, it could be an easy fix. If you can’t determine the cause yourself, try calling a professional to come out and look at it. With new high-quality pumps being over $500, put your mind at ease by getting it checked, possibly saving yourself that money instead of spending it.

Knowing more about your swimming pool pumps is just one part of maintaining and valuing your pool. Having your pool maintained by a trained pool maintenance specialist can also make you aware of any possible issues with your pump.

Atlantic Pools & Spas is a premier pool builder serving northern NJ. if you have any questions or concerns about your pool pump, swimming pool maintenance, new construction, remodeling and more …  please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We will be happy to help you.