How To Program a Variable Speed Hayward Super Pump


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In this guide, we explain how to program the variable speed Hayward Super Pump. We cover how to set the time, schedule, and speed settings. 

Note: This guide is intended to give you a visual reference to supplement the Hayward VS Super Pump owner's manual, not replace it. Make sure you read and understand your owner's manual

Things You'll Need


Step by Step


Step 1

POWER ON - Turn on the power to the pump.

Step 2

SET CURRENT DAY AND TIME - Press the Menu button. You will see a screen that says "Configuration Menu Locked".

Step 3

UNLOCK CONFIGURATION MENU - Press and hold down the < and > buttons until the screen changes to "Configuration Menu Press > to Enter".

Step 4

LOCATE TIME SCREEN - Press > twice and you should see the main time screen.

Step 5

ENTER TIME SCREEN - Press the + button to enter the time change mode.

Step 6

CHANGE DAY - The day will be blinking. Press the  + or - to change the day. Once the correct day appears, press > to move over to the time.

Step 7

CHANGE TIME - Once the hour is blinking, press + or - to change it. Press > to move over to the minutes and then AM/PM. Once the minutes and AM/PM is set, press > to take you to the next category (RPMS).

Step 8

SPEED SELECTION - After completely setting the time and hitting >, you'll move on to the RPM or % Selection. You can press + or - to switch between RPM's or %. Once you have made the decision, you can press > to move to the next category.

Note: This setting decides whether you see the speed settings as RPM's (revolutions per minute) or a percentage. For example, the high setting reading for RPM's is 3450. The high setting reading for percentage would be 100%.

Step 9

MAX SPEED - The max allowed speed can be changed by pressing + or -. Once you have selected the max speed, press > to move on to minimum speed.

Note: You may want to test the speeds by running the pump before programming the max and minimum speeds. Salt systems and heaters have minimum and max flow rates. Adding a flow meter to the plumbing will help determine the gallons per minute at certain RPM's/percentages.

Step 10

MINIMUM SPEED - The minimum allowed speed can be changed by pressing + or -. Once you have selected the minimum speed, press > to move on to the next category.

Step 11

PRIME DURATION - Press the + or - buttons to change the prime duration. Press > once the prime duration has been selected.

Note: The prime duration determines how long the pump will run at the set max speed when it turns on. An average prime time would be 3 minutes.

Step 12

REMOTE CONTROL - Use the + or - to change between Stand Alone or Relay Control. If you have a control system and want it to be controlled by that system, select Relay Control. If you are operating the pump independently from a control system, select Stand Alone. Press > once you have determined the remote setting.

Step 13

LOW TEMP OPERATION - Press = or - to select Enabled or Disabled. Press > after you have made your selection.

Note: This is a freeze protection feature. If enabled, it will turn the pump on if the temperatures approach a freezing level. That way the water in the lines won't freeze and potentially crack the pipes or damage the pump.

Step 14

LOW TEMP SETTING - This is the temperature setting at which the pool pump would turn on to prevent freezing. Press + or - to change the temperature. Press > after you have selected the low temperature setting.

Step 15

RESET ALL PARAMETERS - Unless you want to reset the factory parameters, click > to move on to the next screen.

Step 16

SAVE TIME SETTINGS - You'll see a screen that says "Use Timers Menu to set timelocks", hit >. Then you'll see a screen that says "Settings Changed". Press + if you want to save or - if you want to erase everything you set.

If you hit +, you'll end up back at the home screen with the new time and date.

Step 17

SETTING THE TIMER(S) - From the home screen, press Menu until you see "Timers Menu". Then pres > to enter the "timers Menu".

Step 18

TIMER 1 - If you are viewing a screen that says Timer 1, press +.

Step 19

SELECT T1 NAME - Press + or - to select the T1 name. Once the name is selected, press >.

Step 20

SELECT TIMER ONE SPEED - Press + or - to change the RPM Speed. Press > to move on to the Timer 1 start/stop time.

Note: As mentioned in Step 9, you may want to test the speeds of the pump to see what speeds will be required for your pool system to function correctly.

Step 21

SELECT START/STOP TIME - Use the + or - buttons to select the start time. Press the > button to switch to the stop time. Use + or - to select the stop time. Press > to move to the day selection.

Step 22

SELECT DAYS FOR TIMER 1 - Press + or - to scroll through the options. You can have it run 7 days a week, individual days, as well as a couple of other options. Press > once you have selected the days to run.

Step 23

ADDING ADDITIONAL TIMERS (OPTIONAL) - If you want to have the pump turn on/off multiple times a day, you can set more schedules. Press > to start setting Timer 2. Press + to start setting Timer 2. 

Note: Repeat Steps 19-22 to schedule multiple timer schedules.

Step 24

COMPLETE TIMER SCHEDULES - Hit the Menu button once you have set your timer schedules.

Step 25

SAVE TIMER SCHEDULE(S) - You'll see a screen that says "Settings Changed". Press + if you want to save or - if you want to erase everything you set.

If you hit +, you'll end up back at the home screen

Step 26

CHANGING FACTORY DEFAULT SPEED BUTTONS (OPTIONAL) - The speed buttons on the left-hand side of the control are preset at the factory; Speed 1 is 1000 RPM, Speed 2 is 1750 RPM, Speed 3 is 2500 RPM, and Speed 4 is 3250. If you want to change these, proceed to Step 27.

Step 27

ACCESS SPEEDS MENU - Press the Menu button to view the Configuration Menu (if locked hold down < and >). Press > to enter the Configuration menu. Press the Menu button again until you see "Speeds Menu". Press > to enter the "Speeds Menu".

Step 28

SETTING SPEED 1 - You should be on a screen that says "Speed 1 Name Speed 1". Press > to start setting Speed 1.

Step 29

SETTING SPEED 1 DURATION - Press the + or - buttons to set the running time for Speed 1. Once the time is selected press >.

Note: This will determine how long the pump will run at the set speed whenever you press the Speed 1 button.

Step 30

SETTING RPM FOR SPEED 1 - Use the + or - buttons to change the desired speed for Speed 1. Press > to move on to the next speed button.

Step 31

SET SPEEDS 2-4 - Repeat Steps 28-30 to set the remaining speed buttons.

Step 32

SAVE SPEED BUTTON SETTINGS - Press the Menu button after you have set the 4 Speed buttons. Then press + if you want to save the changes.

That concludes the basic programming of a variable speed Hayward Super Pump. If you have further questions, leave a comment down below or check out the manual for the VS Super Pump.


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 Posted: 5/19/2022 

I set my timer on 2300 RPM speed 3. I noticed after a few minutes my flow decreases substantially as my fountains flow is less. But if I put it on “quick clean” for 60 min I don’t lose flow as if I did on my timer. Any suggestions? Thanks!

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/23/2022 

The lower the RPMs, the lower the flow. The pump won't be able to push the same amount of water through the fountains as it would at its top speed. Quick clean temporarily boosts the RPMs to the motor's top speed. In short, if you want to run your fountains, you need to run them on a higher RPM. The pool pump's primary function is to move the water for filtering. If you want to use water features on top of its filtering function, it needs to run higher.

 Posted: 11/1/2021 

How do you turn off a timer? Somehow have 2 timers running?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/2/2021 

Set the timer to begin and end at the same time.

Anonymous  Posted: 10/29/2021 

My freeze protection didn’t work last winter and it cost me a filter head. I don’t close my pool in the winter. This year I was trying to run 24/7 on my pump during the winter to prevent freezing. I set it up to start at 4 p and end at 4 p. Pump stays on but stops pumping water sometime later. Viewing cap has water so it’s not dry. If I hit quick clean it starts pumping. I’m running 2300 rpm 24 hrs. It stops pumping sometime during the day. I bought this pump to save money over my single speed that ran 24/7 365 but I’m finding myself lost with this situation. I’m scared the freeze protection won’t work again and next time may be more damage. Any ideas to remedy either situation

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/1/2021 

Maybe the schedule is getting confused because it is beginning and ending at the same time. Try setting the stop time to 3:45 or 3:59 pm, so there is no overlap.

 Posted: 10/27/2021 

I have followed programming but can’t seem to get pump to work in standalone mode. I noticed in your video the timer activate light is on. My light is not on and after programming the pump won’t start up. Any suggestions?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/29/2021 

When you press Quick Clean, does the pump startup? Do you have an automation system wired to the pump, even though you directly program the speeds? Lastly, are you sure the programs are being saved after you set them?

 Posted: 10/15/2021 

Great info, I have a second timer set so I could run my pump 24 hours for initial installation, how do I disable the second timer?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/18/2021 

I'd try setting the start and end time to the same value. Doing that should zero out the run time.

 Posted: 7/22/2021 

Is there a way to turn the pump on to run for straight 24 hours for a chemical clean?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/23/2021 

There isn't a 24-hour override on this pump model like there are on other models like the Century V-Green. Your best option is to alter one of your schedules to run the desired clean cycle speed.

 Posted: 5/17/2021 

Plz help... Very important question: How do I temporarily turn the pump on, outside of the programmed ON time? For example: Lets say I have the pump programmed to shut off at 6pm. But at 7pm, I spontaneously decide that I need to turn it on for a while, and then later shut it off again. How do I do this??? Thank you sooo much. I look forward to hearing from you.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/4/2021 

Press the Override/Clean button on the motor control.

 Posted: 5/2/2021 

Good video. How do I use the Quick Clean button on the bottom right of the display? Thank you!

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/13/2021 

You should be able to press it and it will run at the factory default speed, 3450. You also have the option to program the quick clean speed and duration

Anonymous  Posted: 8/24/2021 

How do I raise the speed on the quick clean option? Thanks!

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/24/2021 

The Quick Clean mode runs at the MAX allowed speed and expires after 60 min. So, you would adjust your maximum allowed speed to change your QC mode, the process of which is shown in step 9.

 Posted: 5/13/2021 

Thank you! Wasn’t sure if I could press the button without programming it.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/14/2021 

No problem, glad to help.