A swimming pool pump is the beating heart to your entire pool operation, when selecting a pool pump you want to ensure the best quality and performance with any type of swimming pool pump. The pump is responsible for moving the water through the pool filter, salt chlorinator, heater and even power a suction cleaner around the pool!
There are some key points that each pool owner should be aware of when shopping for the right pool pump. A pool pump consists of 4 main components:
- The inlets and outlets of the pump, these are the main ports where water flows in and out and play a key role in the amount of water can flow through your system
- The pump basket catches debris before the water comes out of the pump and enters the pool.
- The impeller inside the pump spins and draws water into the pump and propels the water back out of the pool pump.
- The motor is the electrical engine of the pump, driving the shaft connected to the impeller, that moves the water in and out of the pump
Selecting the right flow rate is key when selecting a swimming pool pump, but the choice depends heavily on the characteristics and application of your pool.
The key measurables is the size of the pool, the distance of the pump from the pool, the other equipment associated with the pool and if a suction cleaner is also going to be in use.
Along with the size, other factors play a role as well. For instance:
- Ensuring the pump has the ideal flow rate if you have extra bends or lengths of plumbing around the pool equipment.
- A more powerful pump may be required if the distance from the pool to the equipment is greater than a few metres.
- If your application has the pool above or below the equipment, as the pump will need more power to circulate the water at these different levels from the pool skimmers and back to the returns.
If the pool or filter are going to be under heavy use or work (with debris, bathing loads etc) the filter can get quickly clogged that produces resistance against the water flow. A powerful pump will be capable of dealing with that resistance to keep the process going.
Fact: There is no “one size fits all” pump!
There are many pump brands Mr Pool Man can supply and stock some exceptionally good pool pumps for both in-ground and above ground pools, but you have to consider your budget and check important features like quality, noise levels, flow rates, basket size, etc to make the right purchase. Here are some good options to consider -