First time pool owner - which was installed this spring. REAALLLYY wished I had found this site before the build, as I find I'm already replacing parts and/or wishing for upgrades. I have a AutoPilot Total Control controller on backorder, which I hope to have very shortly, to replace the undersized SWG installed and provide more features.
My existing Pentair SuperFlo SF-N1-1A (220v - 1HP) works fine, but I want to move to a variable speed pump. I have 19,000 gallon, in-ground, sand filter, swg, no water features and no plans to ever add any. At night I install pool cooling fountains into two of the returns. Because of that, and just like constant water movement/filtering in the hot summers here, the pump will run at/near 24/7. I like the idea of being able to dial in the speed to find the optimum rate for my pool running 24/7, while providing the 20 gpm minimum that the cell requires.
I will have the autopilot control the pump (turn on/of), so will remove existing manual timer. Would like pump to come up (after priming) to the speed I programmed. Initial cost is not the major concern. Want quiet/efficient pump that I can dial in and save $$.
I am not married to Pentair. Would be great to not have to do any plumbing, so a drop in replacement would be great, or if possible to replace just the motor itself. Looking at Hayward SP2602VSP, Pentair SuperFlo VS. But if selecting another model makes more sense (i.e. Intelliflo) then I will replumb. I would appreciate any suggestions or especially lessons from those that have replaced this pump as well.