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How Long Should I Run My Swimming Pump?
- Sep 20, 2018 -

How long should I run my pump?

Pumps can have problems at times; they can get clogged up, start leaking, take in damaging bits of debris. A classic sign that there's a problem with your swimming pool pump is that it starts making strange noises. Other examples are that it’s not pumping water as well as normal, water pressure is too high or low, or that the motor hums and won’t start. Common problems with swimming pool pumps can be fixed by a professional or sometimes by yourself even with only basic knowledge. However, a pump motor may have just come to the end of its life or have suffered irreparable damage due to any number reasons; including debris reaching the impeller blades or the pool pump having being exposed to a freeze. To keep your water clean your swimming pool pump should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible once found faulty. If it's old and starts playing up it can be a false economy to go down the road of a repair, a straight replacement is often the best solution. 

It depends on a couple of factors, weather and usage. Most people should be running their swimming pool pumps between 6 and 12 hours a day during the summer months. If its hot swimming weather and the pool is being heavily used then this should be even longer. The bottom line is, you want to be swimming in crystal clear water, if you haven't got this then there's a problem with either your chemical balance, or your filtration, which may mean that your pump has not been on long enough. As you become more experienced looking after your swimming pool you'll know how long to let it run. Should I run my swimming pool pump during the winter? If its indoors and heated and being used, absolutely. If its outdoors and potentially exposed to freezing conditions then no. You should be winterizing your swimming pool and draining your filtration system so it doesn't freeze. if you check the tags below each pool pump you'll be able to see if its ok for a salt water pool. Things like heaters also need to be checked before adding to a salt chlorinated swimming pool. 


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