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    Which HP pump for Caretaker

    Hello,

    I have a Caretaker 99 in-floor system in my pool. After doing some of the math for my pool I came to the determination that I should have a 1.5HP pump instead of my currently vastly under powered .75HP, old, single-speed. I was wondering if I needed to add more power and go to a 2 HP system, or even more powerful.

    Current stats -
    20,000 Gallon
    .75 HP - single speed
    Diatomaceous Earth filter
    Caretaker - 99

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    THANKS!
    20,000 Gallon, .75 hp single-speed pump, Stainless steel DE filter, Caretaker-99 in-floor cleaning system

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    Re: Which HP pump for Caretaker

    How did you end up with a 3/4 HP? It is hard to say if a 1.5 HP would be sufficient but I believe most in-floors are designed with a 2 HP full rated pump. What is the current pressure at the cleaner valve and what does it need to be?
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    Re: Which HP pump for Caretaker

    Not sure. I think the prior owners went on the cheap when their original pump broke down (the house was built in 94'). The cleaner valve, when DE filter is mid-life is around 10 PSI, and the cleaner heads barely pop up.
    20,000 Gallon, .75 hp single-speed pump, Stainless steel DE filter, Caretaker-99 in-floor cleaning system

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    Re: Which HP pump for Caretaker

    Also, the HP does not tell the the full story. A 3/4 HP Whisperflo may actually move more water than a 1.5 HP Superflo.

    Can you be more specific about what pump you have? Although as Mark said, a 3/4HP is likely too small.
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    Re: Which HP pump for Caretaker

    I have no idea. All of the stickers on it are worn down.
    20,000 Gallon, .75 hp single-speed pump, Stainless steel DE filter, Caretaker-99 in-floor cleaning system

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    Re: Which HP pump for Caretaker

    Picture?
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