I wanted to thank this forum for helping me be free of the pool guy and the pool store for over a year now. I no longer have to think too much about pool chemistry, having upgraded the pool to use an SWG, and have my pH rise under control thanks to a Solaxx acid sense and dispense system. But all good things do not last forever.
I recently had a pump failure (likely due to a capacitor). The pump in question was a Pentair WhisperFlo. I decided to upgrade to the Intelliflo VF to save a few $$ on electricity.
The challenge I am having is how to wire the new pump to the existing automation and reprogram the various settings on the internal control panel.
If my understanding is correct, the new pump will require a direct connection to the main breaker in the Load Center – and is controlled by the data cable and programmed at the panel.
I currently also have a Hayware Aquarite SWG as well as a pool sweep booster, which are both running on their own relay and is also controlled by the Intellitouch.
In an ideal setup, I would need to reprogram the “Pool” and “Spa” programs on my internal panel – but I still have not got my head around how this is supposed to work. I want to make sure that the SWG is only running when the pump is, and that the booster is only running when I am using a higher flow “feature” for two hours to improve skimming in the pool.
Do I program only a start time and let the pump itself control the flow and determine the stop time? How do I keep the chlorinator synchronized to the start and stop time of the pump? Will the pump send a signal to the Intellitouch to turn off the chlorinator when the pump determines it has complete a full turn? Is there special configuration needed to require the pump to be running to activate the chlorinator? And vice versa, can activating the Chlorinator program on the internal panel put it on delay and then start the pump?
Similarly, with the booster, how do I synchronize this with the higher flow feature of the VF? This may be easy – in that I set that feature in the pump to start and stop at a certain time – and use the timer on the indoor panel to match that window for use of the booster. Now if I wanted to manually activate the booster, I would like it to activate a higher flow setting on the pump.
Any advice would be appreciated.