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    Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    I took some people's advice on here when I asked about continuing coverage for my homeowners warranty and was told it isn't worth the$120/year. So i discontinued coverage and Murphy's law kicked in and pump fried 2 weeks later. Lol

    I am considering A Pentair Intelliflow 2 and it's not cheap, but there are $700 in electricity and mfr rebates so it puts the pricewithin a few hundred dollars of the standard pump.

    Has anyone installed the Intelliflow 2 or other VS pumps?

    Any feedback?

    Is anyone getting any real savings?


    Matt in San Antonio
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    More info....
    Inground 12,000 gallon.
    Cartridge filter
    Currently 1 hp pump
    With 3/4 booster for Polaris.




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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Matt - There was a replacement thread just a week or so ago where the owner compared the watts used at specific flow rates and - per his tests - he was using 80% less power. I can't imagine that would be the case for every pool owner, but it is certainly true that there will be some noticeable consumption differential. If I can find it again, I'll link it to this post.
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Quote Originally Posted by txnole View Post
    Matt - There was a replacement thread just a week or so ago where the owner compared the watts used at specific flow rates and - per his tests - he was using 80% less power. I can't imagine that would be the case for every pool owner, but it is certainly true that there will be some noticeable consumption differential. If I can find it again, I'll link it to this post.
    Thanks, I did a keyword search and figured someone has discussed this but couldn't find on Tapatalk.


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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

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    I feel like my pool will turn green before I finish my drink. Lol


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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Man if you can get those types of rebates, I say go for it. I have the standard 3HP Intelliflo and absolutely love the thing. - Consider putting a surge protector on it too -

    The features offered in the VS pumps IMO, are added value beyond the electric savings. And one of the most awesome things is that the VS is sooo quiet. Its so quiet in fact, that if I didnt know better, I would say that from 20 ft away from it, that it was turned off.

    As for the light bill I will tell you my experience. I run my pump 20hrs a day (just because I want my pool spotless), and my electic to run it is about 18$ a month. My pump uses 246W of power running at 1500 RPM.
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Beautiful. Great feedback. That's what I wanted to hear.

    Surge protector ? You think at that price they would have one built in.


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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    VS pumps are a high power DC motor with a computer control built in. They are very sensitive to power surges. I actually installed two whole house type surge protectors. One larger one at my main service panel, that protects all my electronics, and a smaller one on my pool sub panel just for extra protection on the pump circuit. The cost of both was under $150, and installation was easy. Cheap protection for all your household electronics.
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Another tidbit I noticed. I have been running at 90* pool temp. Now that my hot pump is out it is about 4-5 degrees cooler. I don't know if my pump was running hot but it would sizzle if you spit on it. Was that the pump heat or the stratification ?


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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Stratification I would think. Any time my pump kicks on after being off for a time, I see a few degree change as the water mixes.
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefwej View Post
    Stratification I would think. Any time my pump kicks on after being off for a time, I see a few degree change as the water mixes.
    Well the pump has been in and the temp has been stabilized at about 5 degrees less than where it was with the old pump. I am thinking that it was because my old pump was running so hot the it was heating the water just a little tidbit. I thought that was interesting. My pump was running so hot in 100 degree weather that if you spit on the pump you would get a sizzle. This one runs so cool.


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    Pentair Intelliflow 2VS 3hp 3/4 hp booster pump
    Hayward C-1100 Cartridge Filter
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    Re: Pump went out - thinking about a Variable speed pump

    Here's my electric bill that shows this year's usage vs last year. May and June look pretty good so far!

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    20x35 in-ground oval. Wet Edge Luna Quartz finish. Hayes Super Pump with AO Smith V-Green 165 VS motor. Polaris 380. Enersol solar heating with automatic controller. Automated chlorination with Stenner pump.

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