Does the swimming pool pump need to be replaced? For a DIYer, it may not be a simple question to answer. If you work with the swimming pool service contractors from SwimRight Pools in Scottsdale, Arizona though they can let you know if it’s time, or if it can be replaced, or why it might even need to be replaced. There are a lot of options when it comes to how to choose a replacement pool pump, but we can help.

The pool pump is the heart of the pool and if it isn’t working properly, the pool chemicals won’t circulate as thoroughly, the bacteria and algae may not be moved from the water and captured in the filter and you may be paying more money — a lot more money to run the pump and filter.

The swimming pool service professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona from Swimright Pools can help you determine whether it’s more cost-effective to repair or replace the current one or if you can wait another season.

How to choose a replacement pool pump

When considering a replacement pump, bigger doesn’t mean better, it could just mean you’re paying for more horsepower than your pool needs. There is a specific formula pool contractors follow to determine the correct horsepower for your pool size and shape. Having the correct size pump for your pool means operating the pump fewer hours a day and still keeping the pool clean and saving you money.

A variable speed pump is one that should be top of your list when shopping for a replacement because with one of those you may save up to 50% or more on your utility bills!

Here are some things to consider for your pool pump replacement and to talk with your pool contractor about.

  1. How to choose the correct size. The bigger the pump, the more it costs to purchase and run. You will want to choose the smallest pump, that gets the job done. Your pool contractor has the formula for this sizing.
  2. Go variable speed. Spend the extra money up front now to save money in the long run on pool operation costs.
  3. Ask for an inspection of the pump to see if it needs to be replaced, if not, start budgeting for the replacement for when the time arises

What is the rule of thumb for how long the pool pump and filter should run?

  1. No longer does it need to run for 24 hours a day. Ask us how long it should run. Several factors will be considered –the effectiveness of the pump, its size and the size, depth and shape of your pool.
  2. Running the pump and filtration system for six hours per day is typically sufficient, but it’s best to talk with your pool contractor. Use a timer to run the pool pump is what many pool contractors advise because then you don’t have to remember to turn it on or off and you can have it run overnight when you’re not using the pool and when energy costs are less expensive.

Don’t replace the pump if you don’t need to, but also don’t let an inefficient pool pump cost you more than it needs to. Give us a call and let us inspect your pool pump, filter and other equipment to ensure it is operating at their peak.