With my 20K gal vinyl, my pump 1.5hp Hayward Superpump motor failed. I have replaced bearings and seals twice and pieced milled other pieces for the last few years of it's 10 year life but it needs to be replaced. It's a 2005 pool with 5 year old vinyl and an old, barely functioning Polaris 165 Turtle. I also need to replaced the leaking pipe work from multiple unions and splices. I have entertained a SWG to ease up the bleach game and suit us when I got out of town. This is my opportunity to build what I want but I have a somewhat limited budget around $1000. Where is my money best spent?
I have to do something with the pump. Do I:
1) Buy a $170 Century/A.O.Smith single speed motor and roll on with my existing pump
2)Spend $800+ on a Variable Speed Like a Pentair Superflo VS ($775) or Tesla/EcoPump
If I go with a variable speed pump, is there any issue using a pressure side cleaner, like my Turtle? I assume I would have to run it at full power potentially negating some power savings. I could dump the Turtle and spend extra $$ on a robot cleaner, but not sure.
If I go with the cheap fix on the pump, I won't save on the energy bill for several years to come, but it may allow me to invest in a Hayward T-15. Is there really any cost savings with the SWG or is it purely a convenience thing?