How to Choose the Right Water Pump for Your Pool

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How to Choose the Right Water Pump for Your Pool

Swimming pool pumps are fundamentally the operations element of a swimming pool, as it moves water around the system. Most people view swimming pools as simply holes in the ground filled with water. But swimming pool owners know that there is equipment tucked away in a room nearby, allowing the flow of nice clean water, emptying out the dirt and debris to be disposed of.

eBay offers a huge range of swimming pool pumps at affordable prices. They also offer an array of types and brands. This guide will provide buyers with all the information needed, including important considerations to make, and how to find and buy the most suitable swimming pool pump from eBay.

How Water Pumps Work

An electric motor spins propellers in a pump, causing water to shoot out. As this water escapes, a vacuum is created that requires more water to match this force. Water is then pulled from the pool and moved into the rest of the system. Water is initially pumped from the pool, via the skimmer and main drain at the bottom of the pool. It then circulates through the pump with any leftover debris being trapped by a basket situated inside the pump. This water is then shifted into theswimming pool filterand will either pump the water to a drainage area, or filter it and move it into aswimming pool heater, where applicable.

They are sized in either horsepower (hp) or kilowatts (kW), and usually have 1.5 or 2 inch unions attached to the suction/inlet (side) and the return/outlet (top) points on the pump.

Considerations for Buying the Right Water Pump for Your Pool

There are a number of considerations to be made when buying the most suitable water pump for a pool. This section will provide a list of considerations and details as to what they are and why they may be important.


Regarding pool pumps, bigger is not always better. A pool pump that is too big can cause problems such as damaged filters and cloudy water. They also waste energy and money. Some factors that buyers will need to know for sizing a pump correctly are as follows;

-   Pool Capacity – This is simply the volume of water the pool is capable of holding.

-   Flow Rate – This is the number of gallons the pump moves per minute.

-   Turnover – This is the minimum amount of time that it takes for all of the water to circulate through the filter. On average, a 6-8 hour turnover is sufficient.

-   Maximum Flow Rate – Determined by the size of a pool’s pipes, this is how many gallons per minute water is being moved, and how much work it takes to perform.

-   Resistance – Created by every piece of equipment connected to a pool, this is the repelling of water flow.


This simple refers to the rate in which a pump takes to filter a pool. The types of speed pumps are as follows;

-   Single-Speed Pump – These are the most affordable and most popular compared to other pool pumps. This pool pump can remove debris and other dirt with one pump. Single speed pumps are very efficient but need a large amount of energy. They are best turned off between the times of usage.

-   Two-Speed Pump - These pumps can change their speed. They can be changed from low to high speeds when needed. Two-speed pumps are commonly used in spas where the low speed is needed during filtration and higher speed during jet action.

-   Variable-Speed Pump -These enable users to choose the speed or flow rate that they need. They can reduce electrical bills compared to single-speed pumps, but their filtration is not as efficient. Variable-speed-pumps are best for a mix of both savings and efficiency.

Type of Water Pump

Below are some of the types of pool pumps;

-   Self Priming Pumps - These pumps have hair and lint strainers that act as reservoirs to help prime the pump. Self-priming pumps are generally used for in-ground pools. It's important to keep the hair and lint strainers clean.

-   Flooded Suction Pumps – These pumps can only be used with above-ground pools, because they need to be located beneath its water level. They typically look like self-priming pumps, but tend to be slightly smaller. Flooded suction pumps do not have a diffuser inside that allows the pump to prime itself.

-   Booster Pumps - These pumps are used in conjunction with self priming pumps when increased pressure or flow is necessary. Booster pumps are not self priming, so they should not be used without the water supply coming from a primary pump.

Water Pump Maintenance

Maintaining a water pump is important. Ventilation and protection from weather is crucial. Consider covering to provide shelter, but still allow good ventilation. The cooler a pump runs and the more protection given from chemicals and elements, the longer it will last. Be sure to keep all strainer baskets clean and securely in place. Check for water leaks between the pump housing and motor.

As the days shorten in the winter, a pump will run less. This conveniently coincides with less swimming activity in colder months. If you are correcting a circulation problem, run in the evening as well to keep the water circulating.

Slowing the speed of a pool pump down can allow filters to operate more effectively, via smaller particles being trapped by the media.

Buying the Right Water Pump On eBay

This section will inform buyers how to search for the right water pump using eBay’s categories and search filters. It will also highlight buying considerations and safety issues regarding the purchase of a water pump.

· Select the category Home & Garden. Move onto Outdoor Living, Pool, Spa, Beach, and finally, Pumps.

· Additionally, use eBay’s search filters to buy the right pool pumps the most convenient way. These filters include;

o   Format – For instant buys or bidding in auctions.

o   Condition – From brand new, to new but never used water pumps.

o   Brand – Including popular brands such as Onga and Zodiac.

o   Location – Including the option to search for water pumps being sold specifically from within Australia.

o   Price – The option to select a minimum and or maximum price wishing to pay for a water pump.

· Be sure about the user selling a water pump of interest. Check out their feedback statistics, read feedback comments where necessary, and be familiar with any terms and conditions they may set out before committing to the purchase of a water pump.

· Use PayPal to make the payment. It ensures a safe financial transfer.

· Once the right water pump has been received, leave feedback that reflects the transaction, to help future potential buyers with their decisions.

· For more products and great offers, check out the eBay Deals page. Select the Outdoor & Travel category, and then the Backyard category.


Be aware of which water pump is going to be right by making all of the important considerations. If necessary, use other internet sources to research these considerations. Read about highly rated brands and additional tips about maintenance. Ensure a pump adheres to all of a pool’s requirements, such as volume capacity, and which speed is best. For example, single-speed for a lower cost, or variable speed for lower electricity bills.

Utilize eBay’s easy to use categories and search filters. Be confident with a product and its seller before making a buying commitment, and use PayPal for a simple and secure payment. Leave feedback on receipt, and be familiar with eBay’s terms and conditions.

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