I have a 12,000 gallon in-ground pool with a spill-over spa. The pump
that is currently installed is a 3/4 hp Sta-Rite. The filter is a
cartridge type. I also have a heatpump in the system. When I have the
heat pump in-line, I cannot get the jets in the spa to suck air down
their vents to produce bubbles. The only way I can get the jets to
produce bubbles is to by-pass the heat pump and open all the return
drains from the pool to the pump but that cools off the spa. I
eventually would like to install solar panels on my 2 story house. I
have a feeling the pump is undersized, but shall I go 1hp or 1.5hp?
Will I need to get a bigger filter for the larger pump? Pressure into
the filter is 10psi with the heater bypasses and 19 with the pump
On Mon, 9 Jan 2006 16:54:43 -0500, "Patrick Cleburne"
Cleaned the pool just yesterday! Here comes February....
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I would not be surprised that if the heat pump installation was designed to
so as to get the temp up to spa temps when heating. If it is drawing the water
pool, it has to heat the water a lot to get it up to temp. You could use a
return from the
spa, and another pump, or a bypass with most of the water coming from the spa.
draw the same amount of water from the pool as it does now, with the rest coming
the spa, your temps should hold better. You would lose some efficiency because
heat pump would not be able to supply as much heat to spa temp water as it can
to pool temp water, so you'd probably want to switch it back to full pool water
when you aren't using the spa.
3/4 HP is enough to turn over the water but that is not much of a
"jet" pump. Mine is 2HP for an 8' spa with 6 jets.
You simply have too much head to move the water necessary to pull air
How much trouble would it be to plumb in a jet pump in addittion to
your circulation pump?
while you're pump shopping get a 2-speed. with our 12,000 gallons above
ground and no spa we run a 1-1/4 hp two speed. high speed great for
vacuuming. watch for energy star ratings. somebody else in town has
your setup. also see your local pool supply store.
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