Choosing Pool Pumps
Electricity is needed for pool pumps to run. During the summer season when your pool may most likely be used, it can add up to higher energy costs. This is why many pool owners replace their old pool pumps with energy-efficient ones. There are new generation pool pumps in the market that can provide you with up to 90% savings in energy costs. The key is in choosing the right size which will be adequate for your pool. If you have a big in-ground pool, you would need a stronger pump in comparison to what you would normally use for an above ground pool of the same size. This is because the pool water should be turned every 12 hours so that the cleanliness will be maintained.
When purchasing pool pumps, it is best to check the specifications, which will provide you with information in regards to how many gallons it will be able to run through every minute. For instance, if your pool has about 15,000 gallons of water, then your pool pumps should have an out put of 20 gallons per minute so that it can turn your water 24 hours each day. But many pool owners do not run the pool pumps all day because of the high costs it will entail.
It does not always come down to the horse power of a pump. Many pool pumps are too big compared to what the pool needs. With an efficient pump with multivariable speeds, you can have your pool pumps run all day, while cutting your energy costs. Running the pool pumps the entire day will also greatly reduce your upkeep time and will clean your pool better.
Installing the Pool Pumps
Before installing your pool pumps, turn off any electrical connections to it. Remove the old pool pump by unscrewing all water lines. Disconnect the conduit adapters from the back part of the motor, then, cut the pipes going into the top and front of the pump which would enable to you to remove them.
To start the installation, make sure that all the connections are clean and dry. The return water pipe can be connected by using a high quality pipe sealant applied to the plastic nipple threads screwed into the port for pump-intake. Before slipping the remaining joints together, apply any kind of contact cement to all the ends while slowly turning them to spread the sealant evenly.
Attach the fitting for the return compression. Attach a new pipe from the pump to the filters. To attach the pieces, you have to have elbows and sleeves. You can use a primer inside the sleeves and elbows and also on the pipe ends. Allow them to set for a couple of minutes, then use glue and push them in place.
Use PVC adhesives that are of high quality. To spread the adhesive evenly, slightly turn the joints before the adhesives set, then put on the new pipes one at a time so that you will not have your hands full. Once all the proper pipes are installed, connect the conduit adapter from your old pump into the back of your new pool pumps.
Once your pump is ready to go, check for leaks. Keep in mind that new generation pool pumps are controlled by computers that you may need to set prior to usage. You can then input specifics such as the amount of water your pool has and the rate of turnover you prefer. After all is set, the pump will run by itself quietly, so the next thing to do is just enjoy your pool.