I got back from vacation yesterday to find out that my old Century A.O. Smith B855 2 HP pump motor had made its way to the big 'ole pump-motor home in the sky. Completely dead!
Like many of the others who post here I have done some reading and understand that when such a "pump-tragedy" occurs it may be time to look at upgrading the pump from single speed to two speed or even variable speed. There are a few posts here that talk to similar situations to mine but none quite cover everything I was hoping to find out. So I figured I'd ask directly. Before I do, here's a list (and pic) of the equipment right now:
- 27K gal IG plaster,
- Pentair FNS Plus 60 DE Filter,
- Pentair Intellichlor IC40 SWCG,
- Century A.O. Smith B855 2 HP pump motor (RIP) powering Pentair Whisperflo pump
- Century A.O. Smith B625 3/4 HP pump motor powering goodness knows what booster pump that's hooked up to the Polaris 280 pressure side cleaner
Pool control is dated:
- Intermatic PB314E 240-Volt Electric Timer Mechanism for the main pump
- Intermatic T104R3 240-Volt Mechanical Switch for the booster pump
With that little intro out of the way here are the questions:
- One speed, Two Speed or Variable Speed?
- Given the recommendation above, would I also have to replace the pump, or just the motor?
- At some point in the future I do want to upgrade the control for the pool to something a little more "connected home" and a little less "Dr Frankenstein's lab" (So I could see pool equipment status on my smart phone when I am traveling,for example!). Given that I am mainly a Pentair pool right now would it make sense to go with a Pentair pump?
Any and all advice warmly welcomed at this point. Thanks in advance.