The pool pump is essentially the backbone of the swimming pool. It allows us to properly distribute pool chemicals throughout the entire swimming pool. Without the pool pump our swimming pools would be filled with dirty water. There are some common pool pump questions that we’re going to cover, so keep reading to learn how long you should run your swimming pool pump for.

light up your poolHow Long Do I Run my Pool Pump For?

The answer is a little bit different for everyone, but it actually depends on the size of your swimming pool and pool pump. An average number that is thrown out into the swimming pool world is 8 hours of circulation. The reason is differs for everyone is because it takes time for the pool water to circulate around the whole swimming pool.

An average time frame for a pool pumps turnover rate is 6-10 hours. That is why most pool builders suggest 8 hours of pool pump time because you are right in the middle of that successful turn over time. If you want to get the most bang out of your buck, it is ideal for your pool pump to run two full filtration cycles.

landscape designingHow to Calculate how many hours to run your pool pump

Calculating your pool pump’s most effective filtration time only requires three numbers:

  • Your pool pump’s flow rate (gallons per hour)
    • Find this on the pool pump’s label, manual, or online product page
  • The size of your pool (gallons)

Here’s how to calculate it:

Imagine your pump’s flow rate is 2,600 gph and you have a 10,000-gallon pool.

  1. Divide your pool size by your pump’s flow rate to find your turnover rate
    1. 10,000/2,600 = 3.8 hours
  2. Multiply your turnover rate by 2 to calculate 2 full cycles for your system
    1. 3.8 x 2 = 7.6

And that’s how you calculate the best pool pump filtration time for your swimming pool. Pretty simple if you ask us!

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