Arizona Title 44 Pool Pump Requirements

There has been a lot of talk and confusion regarding the residential pool pump energy standards being set by each state. The biggest concern and question amongst our customers has been the misconception that you will absolutely have to purchase an expensive and complicated variable speed unit.

I have spent an extensive amount of time verifying that we are within the state guidelines. I have had many meetings with one of the largest suppliers of these new variable speed pumps as well as Arizona Representative Frank Pratt (who was instrumental in pushing Title 44 through)

The supplier has spent tons of money and resources towards marketing their products including many carefully worded publications to get folks to believe that a new variable speed motor is their only choice.

When speaking with Mr. Pratt I asked him point blank if I would have to close our doors with this new law, “No”, he said, “This law applies only to new products”.

We are selling rebuilt products. All of our rebuilt units include a 1 year warranty which rivals new equipment. Not to mention our rebuilding process which renders a product unparalleled to anything a competitor can offer.

Don’t get me wrong.  Variable speed units are extremely quiet when running at lower speeds and will save some electricity. We offer an alternative for those who don’t want to shell out more than they have to on getting their filtration system up and running.  Here are some things to consider before you make a decision.

Pro:

  • Does save some electricity if installed and calibrated properly
  • Quieter when running at lower RPM’s

Con:

  • Expensive to purchase
  • Must be calibrated properly to realize full energy savings
  • Can be complicated to program
  • Programming is lost after power failure

We do offer new variable speed pumps and motors including the Pentair Intelliflo, however, if you are on a budget keep a rebuilt unit in mind.

Link : 44-1375. Definitions

2. Manufacturers shall certify in writing to the department of commerce energy office that
products sold in this state meet efficiency standards of this article. Certification to other states with
like standards that publish databases of compliant products shall be permitted as an alternative to
certifying to the department of commerce energy office.



15. “Residential pool pump” means a pump that is used to circulate and filter residential swimming pool water in order to maintain clarity and sanitation and that consists, in part, of a motor
and an impeller and housing.



16. “Residential pool pump motor” means a definite purpose motor designed for use in a residential pool pump.

Link: 44-1375.01. Applicability

“A.This article applies to the following types of new products sold, offered for sale or
installed in this state”

Link: 44-1375.02. Standards

“B. Beginning January 1, 2012, the following standards apply:
1. Portable electric spas shall not have a normalized standby power greater than five times the spa’s fill volume in gallons raised to the two-thirds power.

2. Residential pool pumps and residential pool pump motors shall comply with both of the following:
(a) Motors shall not be split-phase or capacitor start-induction run type motors, except for the following:
(i) The low-speed section of two-speed motors may be capacitor start-induction run type.
(ii) Forty-eight-frame motors designed for use with aboveground pools are exempt from this requirement.
(b) Motors with a total horsepower capacity of one or more shall have the capability of operating at two or more speeds with a low speed having a rotation rate that is no more than one-half of the motor’s maximum rotation rate and shall be operated with a pump control with the capability of operating the pump at two or more speeds. Residential pool pump motor controls that are sold for use with a two or more speed motor shall have a default circulation speed setting no more than one-half of the motor’s maximum rotation rate. Any high speed override capability shall be for a temporary period not to exceed one twenty-four hour cycle without resetting to the default setting.”

Link: 44-1375.03. Certification and compliance; violation; civil penalty

2. Manufacturers shall certify in writing to the department of commerce energy office that
products sold in this state meet efficiency standards of this article. Certification to other states with
like standards that publish databases of compliant products shall be permitted as an alternative to
certifying to the department of commerce energy office.

Source: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=44