This year is the year I have decided to bring my circa 1995 IG pool to he 21st century! It will be my 3rd summer with this pool and while using the TFP method is "easy" I'm growing tired of checking chlorine all the time and my wife will be home this summer with our new baby due in a couple weeks so I want to make it easy for her (at least that's what I'm telling her lol) I'm very technical and love gadgets and automation but I'm finding it not the most straight forward on where to start so looking for help. I wish company's like Hayward allowed you to easily put together a bundle but I guess that's the the local pool store is supposed to be.....I rather try and avoid them.
Here's what my system is now, very basic:
-Pool is vinyl, 16x34 humpback kidney ~17.5k Gal, liner is 12years old and faded but I am likely only changing that next year
-Only has 1 skimmer and 2 returns, looks like there used to be a main drain but no longer hooked up (pipe in pool shed but nothing at bottom of the pool) I will look to re-connect it when we change the liner if the pipe isn't cracked as I find heating a 8ft deep end pool hard when just taking in water from the top, in my mind it would make more sense to take some of the colder water from the bottom as well, right?
-Old 1speed pump
-8yr old Raypack Natural Gas Heater that works well
-Sand Filter, new sand 2 summers ago, seems to work well
-Intermatic manual timer that doesn't work half the time
That's it! lol
I want the system to be easy and for the most part hands off on a daily basis. I would like to be able to program when the pump runs, how much chlorine and when the pool cleans etc. so looking to add:
I have been looking at Hayward Pro-Logic or OmniLogic and Zodiac iAqualink.
Here's what I'm thinking
-Pro-Logic or OmniLogic Controller
-25k Gal T-Cell-9
-MaxFlo or EcoStar VS pump
iAquaLink Automation Complete Bundle Includes:
-iAquaLink IQ900 Web Connect Device
-6612F Power Center Enclosure
-RS-P4 Power Center Electronics
-Four 3 Hp Relays
-Aquapure EI Salt System
-Jandy FloPro VS Pump
Neither of the systems that I have seen incorporate a robotic cleaner in their automation, I could have missed it though so if not I'll just program that independently.
From what I gather, the Hayward system has a lot more options and seems a little more robust, Pro-Logic being pretty decently priced and almost on par with the Zodiac system and OmniLogic being pretty expensive but on both you can add things like the ORP and PH Sensing kits, CO2 dispenser or Acid dispenser all cost more $$ but might be nice to add something here and there to complete the full automation.
I only have 120V to my pool shed so for the Hayward I would need to run 240V which would be a pain, looks like the Zodiac based system can run off 120V feed and uses transformer relays for 240V items like pool pump. I have a couple Electrician Friends so if I have to buy some beer and have 240 run to the pool shed I can make that work.
Anyone have thoughts/suggestions/examples of what you used?