Hi TFP, I'd like some help on replacing all of my equipment as it is quite vintage and I think I can get some newer equipment that would be more efficient and better performing. Here's what I have:
Pump - Challenger 2HP (SF 2.20), single speed. Has a dribble leak, likely the seal which I have replaced within the last year. Consumes lots of electricity and set to runs 9hrs/day.
Filter - Triton sand. Works fine I guess, replaced sand within last year. After backwash I do get a small amount of sand into pool from time to time. Want to get better filtration.
Heater - Pentair Minimax NT 400K. Still works, but error codes on it are a pain to troubleshoot. Mostly use it to heat spa and will continue. May heat pool once/yr.
Stenner - just installed 2wks ago and it works great (no issues here)
Switch - along with Stenner install, I also installed Intermatic PE1353ME 3 circuit switch to give better accuracy for CL dosing and main pump on/off (no issues here). Was an upgrade from the T104 mechanicals. Wiring was easy.
I've briefly surfed TFP and beleive I should get the following:
Pump - 2 speed over a variable speed, as the break even on a VS is much longer. Assuming that's correct, what brand/model do you recommend? Do I stay with a 2HP or can I drop?
Filter - I understand DE would be optimal as it provides best filtration. I prefer to backwash which is why I wouldn't choose cartridge. What brand, size, etc should I get?
Heater - I plan to stay with 400K btu. What advice can you offer here?
I assume I should update all of my valves at the same time, especially those metal ones. Here's a pic of my current setup: IMG_2572 | Eqpt | Mike | Flickr
I spoke with an installer who suggested I try to stay with a single manufacturer as I might get a better bundle price and warranty options. I've got a connection to a friend in the industry and can get the equipment at wholesale pricing.
I appreciate the advice anyone can provide.