I've searched for a good answer for this question but can't seem to locate a good comparison in the forums. I have a 24' round Above Ground Pool (52") which holds about 13,000 gallons. Last year I replaced the sand filter which was leaking and bought a Hayward S180T but I really think the cheapo 1HP replacement pump I purchased from my local dealer is not doing the job.
Basically there is just a lot of dirt that accumulates on the bottom of the pool and it's my educated guess based on the power of the water being pulled into the skimmer and the output into the pool that the pump is not doing a great job at all (probably why it was so darn cheap at the time.) I never had dirt problems before I replaced the pump so I'm thinking that is the culprit. Not to mention, the suction when I try to vacuum is extremely poor so all signs point to needing a new/better/more powerful pump.
Everything I'm reading puts my 24' AGP in the category where it breaks off from a 1HP to a 1.5HP. Is a 1.5HP too much or just right? Did I just get a bad 1HP pump and should I be buying a better brand/product that will do the job at 1HP?
I'm on the fence about getting a 1.5HP. I've been leaning towards the Hayward SP1580X15 Power-Flo LX but wanted to see what you all think before I bite the bullet. Obviously I just don't want to make another mistake.
Would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!