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Pool Pumps

The key to clean and sparkling pool water starts with your pool pump. Pool pumps prevent stagnate water in your swimming pool, and help provide water flow to your sanitizing and heating equipment. The right pool pump will save you hours in pool maintenance, and will keep your swimming pool cleaner for longer.

How does a pool pump work?

The pump is responsible for pulling water through the filtration system and pushing the clean water back into the pool through the return line. Every pool pump has an impeller attached to the pump motor. As the impeller turns, it pulls the pool water through the pump basket and then pushes the water out of the top of the pump into the filtration system.

What is the difference between above ground and inground pool pumps?

The main difference between above ground and inground pool pumps is their ability to lift water vertically, or “prime” themselves. Above ground pumps are not self-priming, which means that they rely on gravity to feed water to the pump. Inground pumps are self-priming, which means they don’t rely on gravity to feed water to the pump.

The second difference between above ground and inground pool pumps is the flow rate. Typically, above ground pumps produce flow rates between 30-60 GPM (Gallons Per Minute). Inground pumps typically produce flow rates between 75-150 GPM.

How does an above ground pool pump work?

Above ground pool pumps must be installed below the water level of the pool because the pump relies on gravity to push water into the pump basket to prime the pump. Above ground pool pumps are generally 110/120 volts with a twist lock wall plug.

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Pump Basket
Pump Impeller

Pump Basket
Pump Impeller

How does an inground pool pump work?

Inground pool pumps are generally 220 volts, and most need to be hardwired for installation. Since inground pumps are self-priming they do not rely on gravity to push water to the pump, which is why inground pumps can be installed above the water level of the pool.

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What is the difference between a single-speed, 2-speed, and variable speed pump?

Single Speed – These pumps run on the same speed and horsepower every time you turn the pump on. Typically, single speed pumps are the least expensive to purchase, but have the highest operational cost.

2-Speed – 2-speed pumps have a high and low setting. Running the pump on the low setting can be 50% – 70% more energy efficient than running the pump on high speed. The high speed is to be used when vacuuming, when running a heater, or after adding chemicals to the pool. 2-speed pumps are a bit more costly than single speed pumps, but will greatly cut down on your energy costs.

Variable Speed – Designed to run at a wide range of horse powers (HP), variable speed pumps can be adjusted to the exact flow rate needed for optimal filtration, while greatly cutting down on energy costs. They also run quieter, and vibrate less than single and dual speed pumps. Variable speed pumps can save you up to 90% on your energy costs compared to single speed pumps.

How do you choose the right pump?

When choosing a pump, it is very important to match the pump flow rate with the recommended flow rate for your filter. If the pump’s flow rate is too high for the filter, it will not filter the water sufficiently and could cause damage to the filter.

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Pool Pumps FAQ

How do you know if you need a new pump?

Your pool pump is an important part of your pool equipment. If your pump is experiencing any of these common problems then you should consider replacing your pool pump:

  • Pump isn’t moving water
  • Motor isn’t working
  • Motor turns off after a short time
  • Pump is leaking water
  • Motor is sucking in air
  • Pump is making a loud noise.
Do you need to be an expert to install a new pool pump?

It’s not difficult to install a new pool pump, and installing your pool pump yourself can save you a lot of money. Only a few household tools and some Teflon tape are needed to replace a pool pump. However, you should contact an electrician to hardwire your inground pool pump to your electrical system.

How long should you run a pump for?

While each pool is different, 8-12 hours a day is a good guideline to follow. Residential pools need to be turned over once a day for proper filtration (turned over refers to the total volume of pool water passing through the filtration system). You may need to increase your pump running time if the pool has heavy usage or if there is a prolonged period of very warm weather.

When should you run your pool pump – during the day or at night?

Pool pumps should be run during the daytime because this is when the water is most vulnerable. Algae blooms are much more likely to occur in a stagnate pool with direct sunlight, versus a pool that is circulating.
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