OK, all my equip is around 10+ years old, and I'm starting pool renovation this week with resurfacing, coping and tile. Budget got a bit squeezed (kid needs braces, again), so I'm trying to keep whatever equipment is still serviceable. Here's what I have:
Pentair Intelliflo Pump (LCD display d/n work, but can press manual buttons for on/off and speed)
Hayward DE filter 48 (or 60, not sure)
Hayward AquaRite SWG (generic PCB Needs replacing)
Raypak Heater (barely used, but still works well)
Solar Advantage controller (Removed solar panels last summer for PV panels, but will eventually add again)
Hayward Pool Vac (the two wheeled-model, used to be Poolvernugen, still works well)
There is a sub-panel in the equip area, but no automation at all.
The lack of the LCD on the pump will probably require a new pump, its about 3 yrs old, and just out of warranty, so that will probably take precedence in the replacement budget. I'm going to replace the AquaRite PCB with OEM, to hopefully stabilize my SWG (it randomly drops salt level to zero with check cell lights, even though I know there was about 4000ppm of salt in pool).
I originally wanted to do an EZ panel, but not sure it would really benefit me. Ideally, I'd like to eventually make the pool as automatic as possible, with the pump, SWG, and solar all synced to control heat and chlorination, and hopefully some day allow me to remotely turn on jacuzzi and heat it up. Oh yeah, will also be putting in Pentair lights, but I don't think those really need automation, and light switch is near pool, not equip pad.
Any suggestions on an approach? Budget is always a factor, but planning ahead seems to be a good idea.