Before you can begin seeing the money savings in your utility bill, you will of course need to install your pool pump timer. You can hire someone to do it for you so that you know it’s done right. You should recoup the cost of the timer itself and the labor for the installation within months of installing the timer, through the savings in your electric bill.
However, if you’re a handy do-it-yourself type, then here’s how to install a pool pump timer:
* Turn off the power to your pump. The power should be turned off at both the pump itself and the homes main circuit breaker. Safety first here, after all.
* Remove the cover from the timer itself, which houses all of the wires.
* Using a multi-meter, test all of the wires to make sure none of them have a current running through them.
* Attach the pool pump timer to the electrical source. Attach the white and black wires.
* Wire the terminals of the pool pump timer and the pump with a 6-inch piece of wire. Wrap this piece of wire around the second and third terminal screws.
* Ground it. Wrap the green ground wires around the ground terminal screws which are labeled inside the box.
* Attach the white wire to terminal 1.
* Wrap all wire ends with electrical tape.
* Close up the timer and power on the pump and test everything out. Then you can start playing with the settings of the timer.
How to Run the Timer
Generally speaking, it takes eight hours for the water to circulate in your pool. This is all dependent on the size of your pool and the kind of pump you have. To determine the best and most efficient way to run the pool pump, you have to slowly reduce time in 30-minute increments.
Start by running your pump for the longest recommended time. Once it has completed that time cycle, turn it down and check the water. Keep turning it down in 30-minute increments until you find the water to be dirty. Bump it back up 30 minutes to the last time the water was well filtered. You have now determined how long it takes your pump to pump water through the filter in your pool.
If you live in an area that gives you a break for using electricity during off peak hours, then setting up the timer to run through its pumping process during this time is going to be extra beneficial and cost saving.
Now that you have your pool pump all set up and adjusted properly, sit back and watch the energy savings begin and the energy costs drop. You will be so pleased you made this switch. Your electric bill will thank you.