A necessity for any well-functioning pool, a pump helps keep your pool clean, safe and fun. With different horsepower (HP), a variety of speed options and selecting between inground and above ground models, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. As you start looking at pumps, be sure to check out our supply of Rx Clear® pumps and motors. They come in a variety of HP, perfect for every size pool and for above ground or inground pools. They also are specially designed with a large debris basket, catching hair and lint for easier maintenance. Best of all, each has been individually tested to ensure a leak-free performance.
If you would like help picking the right pump for your pool, check out our detailed Buyer’s Guide and FAQ on the topic .
Bigger does not always equate to better. Although a larger pump may initially appear to be the easiest and superior choice, that is not always the case. Opting for a bigger pump can lead to higher energy consumption, resulting in increased costs. Moreover, it may place excessive strain on your filter system if it is not compatible. Hence, it is crucial to carefully select a pump that aligns closely with the specific needs of your pool and filter.
To determine the ideal size and power of the pump you require, you will need to know the capacity of your pool in gallons. This information allows you to calculate the number of gallons per minute (GPM) needed to completely filter your pool within 8 to 10 hours. Since the flow rate and pump power are interrelated, the pump you purchase should possess sufficient power to circulate all the water in your pool within that timeframe. Therefore, it is important to find a pump with a flow rate that matches this requirement.
The correct horsepower (HP) is directly linked to the flow rate. HP determines the pump's flow rate, and you should aim for an HP that generates the desired flow rate, which should be specified in the product listing of each pump. Following these steps is essential to prevent cavitation, which occurs when an excessively large pump creates bubbles in the pool that burst, causing waves that can damage the pump.
Consider whether you prefer a top-mount or side-mount configuration for housing your pump. This decision determines the location where the pump connects to the filter. Determine the position of the filter intake and the type of filter you have. Generally, sand filters require a top-mount configuration, while cartridge and D.E. filters typically necessitate a side-mount setup. Additionally, verify the voltage requirements for your pool's connection. Most above-ground pumps are designed for 110 volts, whereas in-ground systems exhibit more variability. It is important not to overlook the importance of matching the size of your pipes to the pump. This ensures easy installation, enhances pump efficiency, and promotes the smooth operation of your system. The size and configuration of your plumbing will also impact the flow rate.