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Thread: Replace Superpump Motor With a 2-Speed?

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Replace Superpump Motor With a 2-Speed?

    We have a plain old Hayward 1HP Superpump, a single speed that's 4 years old. Model #SP2607LX10 (1.1 service factor). Running it 24x7 for the last few years (the PB's recommendation) caused a $75-$85 increase in the electric bill @230V/6.8amp draw. Duke Power has raised the rates (naturally!) and I'm thinking about going to a 2 speed pump, but just replacing the motor.

    I've also cut the pump back so it runs from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM (the heavy swim load time) and again from 1:00 AM until 8:00 AM, primarily so that the water flow through the SWG to keep the pool chlorinated both with and without the sun.

    Will a 2 speed pump running on low speed provide the flow that the AquaRite SWG requires?
    Can I just replace the single 3450RPM motor with a 3450/1725 RPM motor?

    What are the recommendations from the experts here?

    Are the AO Smith motors still good motors? The motor on the pump is an AO Smith and they were good pump motors when I was in HVAC, but that was decades ago!

    If replacing the 1 speed with a 2 speed makes sense, what are good sources?

    Thanks for all of your help!!
    Triad Region of NC
    18x37 Vinyl IG (24,000 gal.), BBB & GoldLine AquaLogic PS4 SWG, Hayward 1 HP Superpump / Hayward Sand Filter / Polaris 280 cleaner / 6 deck jets / Sheer Descent Waterfall (in coping) / Brick Red Concrete Coping / Stamped Concrete Deck
    Lots of oak trees, maple trees, *and* leaves!

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Round Rock, TX

    Re: Replace Superpump Motor With a 2-Speed?

    I replaced my booster motor with an A.O. Smith Energy Efficient motor and I am very please with it.

    If you have an A.O. Smith motor you can go to their website and they will point you to comparable replacement motors. I got the energy efficient one because it used 25% less power for the same water flow and is much quieter to run.

    My main pump is a 2-speed with the lower speed rated at .33 hp (its in my sig but I can't see right now) and provides enough flow for my AutoPilot cell to work. I run it on high for a couple hours each day to skim the water surface clean, then on low for 7 hours for chlorination and filtering.

    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Apr 2007
    Joliet, Il.

    Re: Replace Superpump Motor With a 2-Speed?


    I bought my new pump (a Waterway 2-speed) from with good results.

    good luck!
    33' Aqua-Leader AGP
    Hayward cartridge filter and IntelliFlo VS pump.
    Solar Heat coming ; used to own Aqua-Cal HeatWave 100k (HeatPump)
    Aqua-Rite t-15 SWG

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    Sep 2008
    The Woodlands, Texas, USA

    Re: Replace Superpump Motor With a 2-Speed?

    Hayward has a nice template to walk you through matching a new pump to your pool. It is here:

    IG 24k plaster with overflow spa. Goldline PS-8 SWG. Tristar 0.75 HP filter pump, Polaris 280, large cartridge filter, 400k BTU NG Max-E-Therm HD, SR Smith Turbo Twister, Life Saver pool fence, ORP managed.

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