A Beginner's Guide to Choosing a Pool Pump
When it comes to keeping your pool water clean, your pool’s pump is one of the most important parts of the system. If the pump breaks down, water doesn’t circulate, and if water doesn’t circulate, you end up with nothing more than a stagnant pond in your backyard. If your pool needs a new pump, but you’ve never had to buy one before, check out this helpful guide. You can also contact a pool maintenance company in Alpharetta to get professional advice on choosing the right pump.
Signs You Need a New Pump
For starters, how do you know that your pool actually needs a new pump? Obviously, if the pump isn’t operating at all then it needs to be replaced. However, there are a few other signs that the pump is giving out on you. Here are a few signs that you need to replace your pump:
· It starts slowly.
· It overheats and shuts off.
· It’s making loud noises.
· It’s running slower than normal.
You should also consider replacing your pump if it’s more than 7 years old. By that age, your pump isn’t operating efficiently and it’s best to get a newer model.
Types of Pumps
There are three general types of pumps for residential swimming pools: single speed pumps, dual speed pumps, and variable speed pumps. As their names imply, these pumps differ in that they have offer different “gears” of operation. A single speed pump only has one gear and will operate at full speed whenever it’s on. A dual speed pump has a high gear and a low gear and can switch between the two. Variable speed pumps are optimized with several different speed options. This allows you to more precisely control the circulation of your pool’s water.
Which Type Is Best?
So which of those three types is best? If cost isn’t an issue, you simply can’t beat the variable speed pump. The optimized gears on this pump not only give you more control over your pool’s operation, but it will save you energy on your utility bill, can be automated to communicate with the rest of your pool equipment, and is the quietest type of pump available.
Of course, those benefits do come with a higher price tag. However, the high up-front costs can be offset by potential rebates from your energy company as well as the long-term energy savings on your utility bill. The pump for your residential swimming pool is the largest energy consumer in most homes, accounting for up to 25% of your energy bill every month, so those savings can quickly add up.
Selecting a Size
All pump types come in various sizes, and you need to find a pump that can circulate all the water in your pool in 8 hours. This means that you need to know how many gallons of water your pool has, then divide it by 8. Then, since pumps are rated in how many gallons they move per minute, you’ll need to divide this new number by 60. This will give you the appropriate size for your pool’s pump.
If you need assistance in selecting the best pump for your swimming pool, contact Sunrise Pool Services to speak to pool maintenance professionals in Alpharetta today. Call us at 678-804-0050 today.