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How to Choose the Right Pool Pump

Pool pumps are used to circulate water as part of a swimming pool water filtration system. You should circulate the entire amount of water in the pool at least once per day.

How Much Horsepower (HP) Do I Need?

The necessary HP for your pool pump depends on the size of your pool. When in doubt about the size of your replacement pump, match HP with the previous model. If you don’t know the HP, check the ordering information charts.

How do I calculate the capacity of my pool?

If your pool is circular…

If your pool is rectangular…


 

How Much Horsepower (HP) Do I Need?

The necessary horse power (HP) for your pool pump depends on the size of your pool. If replacing a pool pump, normally you want to match HP of a new pump with the previous model’s HP. If you don’t know the HP, use this chart as a guide for the number of gallons circulated by a pump according to the number of hours the pump is run per day. To comply with Title 20 energy savings standards, choose WAYNE model WIP90, 9/10 HP pool pump.

 

 

What is Title 20 Compliant?

Pool operation consumes up to 20% of a typical home owner’s electric bill. Title 20 is an appliance efficiency standard adopted by California, and other states, that requires a pool pump to meet certain energy and performance specifications. You’ll find our WIP90 pool pump listed in the database of pool pumps certified to ANSI/APSP-15 on the web site for The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals®. Check your local codes for pool pump motor efficiency requirements.

 More ways to save energy, from Rosie Romero, an Arizona homebuilding and remodeling industry expert for 35 years:

1. Sign up with your electric utility for a time-of-use rate plan. You'll pay a reduced rate for electricity if you run your pool pump and other appliances, such as your dishwasher or washing machine during hours of the day when demand for electricity isn't at its peak.

2. Run your pool pump less. It's not necessary to run it round-the-clock. Most manufacturers recommend running it between eight and 10 hours a day in the summer and about half that in the winter.

3. Put a timer on the pump so it automatically shuts off after those hours, and set it to run only when you're paying off-peak rates.

4. Switch to LEDs, which use up to 75 percent less energy than your traditional incandescent underwater lights. LEDs last for years and come in multiple colors.

5. Keep your chemicals in balance. Doug Sydenham of Postorino Pool Service & Repair in Scottsdale says it costs about $125 to have a pool service come out and test the level of "total dissolved solids," such as calcium, in the water and determine whether you need to drain and refill your pool.

6. Clean trap baskets, filters and pool walls and floor regularly. Clogged baskets and filters can prevent the water from flowing freely and will slow your filter. The harder the pump has to work to keep the pool clean, the more you'll pay to run it.

 

How Do I Install My New Pool Pump?

Pool pumps should be placed on a solid, level surface as close to a pool/spa as possible, while complying with NEC and local codes. When installing a pool pump, locate the pump in a dry, well ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Water should never come in contact with the pump motor.

Before you leave the store, make sure you have:

Screwdriver, Pipe Wrench, Adjustable Wrench, Hacksaw, Knife, Pipe Clamps and Check Valve.

INSTALLATION Highlights: In-ground pool pumps are self-priming. Mount pump below water level for easy priming. If the pump must be located above the filled water level, keep the vertical distance to a minimum. Keep the piping as straight and short as possible. Slope horizontal runs upward to the pump to prevent trapping air. Use independent piping supports to alleviate strain on the pump. Install valves and unions in the pump suction and return lines to facilitate servicing. Add a check valve in the suction pipe for in-ground pumps at or below the water level and keep it fully open during operation. Plug into power source once all connections are complete.