I've been lurking for a while learning all about pools from this great forum ever since I bought a new home with a pool last summer. The system seemed to be working find last summer when I got it in June but the pool was green since nobody was home for a month. It was cleaned up by a pool store after that and then I took over maintenance with pucks and calcium chloride. I did the closing myself in the but the pump was making noises making me think perhaps the bearings were dying. Before I run out and buy a new set of bearings and seals I'd like to know what people think about my current setup and if its worth repairing the old motor or replacing it.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Season: May to Oct, 6 months.
Pool: 24,000 gallon in ground cement/plaster not painted, 1 skimmer (main drain ties into it), 2 return jets at the shallow end. The pool is original to the house built in 1965 but has obviously had some work done on it since then as the basin and coping looks to be in great shape. I suspect the lines under the deck may be original but who knows.
Pump: 1.5 hp Jacuzzi Magnum Force single speed 220V
Filter: Sand (don't have the model but its the same age as the pump)
Heater: 20,000 BTU natural gas
Pipping: White 1.5" PVC at the pad, 5x 90 degree turns. Looks like 1.5" black poly under the deck (might 1" need to take a closer look)
Head: About 15 feet from the skimmer and slightly less for the returns.
Timer: T101 controlling a 220V relay, the timer motor is dead so it needs to be replaced.
Cleaner: Kreepy Krawly, regular hand vacuum line on a pole.
Last summer I ran the pump from 8am to 6pm when I got home from work and didn't really appreciate the hydro bill from that. I'd like to get a timer obviously and possibly run the system a night. I'm thinking a two speed pump run on low during the night and on high for vacuuming.
So given that I need a timer and at minimum bearings a seals, do you guys think, I'd be better of simply getting a new motor with a built in timer? Other suggestions welcome = )