How To Set Pool Pump Timer

How To Set Pool Pump Timer

Welcome to our blog where we will guide you on how to set up your pool pump timer. It is a crucial process in maintaining your pool chemistry and cleanliness, as well as saving energy costs by reducing the number of hours the pump runs. A pool pump timer is an automated device that automatically turns the pump on and off at predetermined times.

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  1. Step 1: Turn Off the Pump and Disconnect the Power
  2. Step 2: Familiarize Yourself with the Timer Controls
    1. The Time Clock Motor
    2. The Timer Dial
    3. The Trippers
  3. Step 3: Set up the Timer
  4. Step 4: Adjust the Timer Settings
  5. Conclusion

Step 1: Turn Off the Pump and Disconnect the Power

Before proceeding, ensure that you switch off the pool pump and disconnect the power. This is crucial to ensure your safety during the installation process.

Step 2: Familiarize Yourself with the Timer Controls

The pool pump timer is made up of several controls, including time clock motor, timer dial, and trippers, among others. Each timer is unique so before proceeding, read the manufacturer's instructions to familiarize yourself with the controls.

The Time Clock Motor

The time clock motor is responsible for powering the timer dial. It is powered by the electric connection and rotates the dial according to the set time. It is advisable to replace the motor every few years to ensure that the timer operates efficiently.

The Timer Dial

The timer dial is divided into 24 hours, representing a full day of the clock. It's the interface between the trippers and the time clock motor. It determines how many times the pool pump cycles on or off during that day. Ensure that you read the user manual to know how to set it according to the desired cycle.

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The Trippers

The trippers are small plastic pieces that pin the timer dial onto the time clock motor shaft. They are attached on and off pins on the timer dial, and the pool pump turns on and of as a result of their position. Ensure you have enough trippers to set the desired number of cycles.

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Step 3: Set up the Timer

Now that you are familiar with the timer's controls, proceed to set it up.

  1. Set the Time: Locate the time clock motor and rotate the dial clock-wise or anti-clockwise to set the current time.
  2. Set the On and Off Times: Insert the tripper onto each On and Off pin on the timer dial. Typically, the default setting for the pool is 8 hours and runs every day.
  3. Test the Timer: Turn on the power and allow the timer to run for the set time. Ensure that the pump cycles on and off at the desired time.

Step 4: Adjust the Timer Settings

The setting may require adjustments depending on how long you want the pump to run per day. The standard setting is 8 hours, but you can adjust the timer to run for the desired number of hours.

If trying to reduce energy consumption, consider reducing the pump's operating time by up to 50%. That will still allow the pump to filter the water while saving on energy costs.


Setting up the pool pump timer may look like a complicated process, but it's relatively simple once you understand the controls. The timer's proper installation is crucial to maintaining your pool chemistry, cleanliness, and saving on energy costs.

Finally, ensure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions to prevent any problems during the installation process. With this guide, you can safely set up your pool pump time without any problems.

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