Swimming pool pump testing
Vipac has been servicing the pool pump testing industry since 2013, providing tests on all pool pump types from our NATA-accredited labs. We also co-developed the new standard used by the GEMS E3 program. To obtain energy, flow, and pressure measurements with precision, we deploy a state-of-the-art pool pump testing rig — and among its many features is an acoustic chamber that accurately measures the sound power level generated by a pump.
Our extensive pool pump testing services cover energy efficiency and performance, as detailed below, for GEMS registration to the latest standard AS 5102.1:2019 Performance of household electrical appliances – Swimming pool pump units – Measurement of energy consumption and performance.
- Registration of pool pumps:
- NATA-endorsed test report
- Providing advice using the GEMS registration system
- Energy star rating
- Weighted energy factor (WEF)
- Projected annual energy consumption (PAEC)
- Sound power in accordance with ISO 3743-1
- Research and development on pool pumps:
- Offering of professional technical advice
- Generating pump curves
- Pump efficiency analysis
- Pump flow rate and head pressure
- Power factor and input power
- Measurements of sound power levels
Vipac ensures our pool pump testing services cover the new regulations. The regulatory change is expected come into effect in 2022, with GEMS registration of swimming pool pumps to become mandatory.
Watch this space for updates.
How swimming pool pumps work (read more...)
There are four pool pump types: single-speed, dual-speed, multiple-speed and variable-speed pumps.
The swimming pool pump has an electric motor connected to a mechanical pump, which consists of an impeller rotating within the pump housing. The efficiency of the mechanical pump (i.e., a measure of how well it converts mechanical energy into hydraulic energy) and the motor (a measure of how well it converts electrical energy into mechanical energy) contributes to determining the pool pump’s efficiency. The pool pump unit must generate sufficient hydraulic energy to overcome a pool system’s resistance-to-flow (in metres of head), for an adequate flow (in litres per minute).
The energy consumption of pool pumps varies. It’s affected by the variables and configurations of pool hydraulic systems, such as pool size, filter type, pump efficiency, pool operating regime, as well as the presence of pool heater, chlorinator and suction-cleaning device.
Nonetheless, an acceptable test method has been issued in AS 5102.1:2019, allowing for one model to be compared to the next.
Other services from Vipac that are related to swimming pool pump testing:
- Testing of heat pumps and electric hot-water heaters
- Air-conditioner testing
- Testing of dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, refrigerators and freezers