Hello. Glad to be here on TFP, and to finally be putting up my first post. As a first time pool owner, I have done a lot of reading on your forum and already consider it my go-to online resource.
I inherited a pool when we purchased a house about 4 months ago. I have had it open for about two months now, and things have been going well. Levels have been good, clear water..etc. However, back in February during our initial home inspection, we had the pool inspected and found out that the pump that is currently being used for the pool is an above ground rated pump. It has been in the back of my mind that when I had the chance, I was going to purchase a new in-ground rated pump.
The current pump seems to be moving the water fairly slow, and it gets really hot if left on for a few hours. Especially during the day in the hot sun. I have been running it overnight for that reason alone.
The current pump is setup where it is plugged in with a twist plug to an outlet at the pump/filter platform. It has an on off switch tied in with the outlet. From there, it is wired to its own dedicated GFCI breaker on the house breaker box. I was hoping for now I could just use the plug that is currently being used for the old pump, with the new 1HP Pentair Superflo replacement pump that I just got. Of course most in-ground pool setups are shown being hardwired in, and sometime in the near future when I get a timer I may just do that. But for now, I’d like to keep it as simple as possible and keep things the way they are with the plug if possible.
My question, is it OK to use the plug/outlet setup for an in ground pump?