Hi, I have a quick question on hp.
My current setup is a Hayward 1.5 hp Super II, S-244T filter, Intellichlor 40 on 1.5" plumbing. Vac is a Barracuda G35 that I hook to the skimmer. Pool is 25,000 gal vinyl (Patrician style 18" x 38" with an 8' deep end) with 3 returns and main drain. Electric in my area averages about 16 cents/kwh
Since the pump (my 2nd pump in 24 years) is starting to whine (bearings?) and the wet end leaks I looked at VS pumps, but based on everything I read on the internet about VS pumps I'm not sure I want to take a chance with the problems many have mentioned with the electronics. I know many of you suggest surge protection, but it's not something I can do at this time $$$ because my main panel is full and would require an electrician to install a subpanel first, etc, etc. (My pool pump is wired directly to the main panel in the house)
So, I'm now considering a 2 speed pump, which some of you on this site recommended to others, but I'm not sure of hp because many of you also talk about 1.5hp being too much in most cases with 1.5" pipes, so my question is what size motor should I consider... 1hp or 1.5hp with my current setup? And will there be a real advantage with the 2 speed? Also does the 2 speed motor use a toggle switch or is it something I would set up with my timer? BTW, my current timer is an Intermatic T104R that runs for 12 hours per day.Thank you all. Appreciate everyone's time and input.