I just purchased a Pentair 160301 clean and clear for my in ground pool to replace an existing sand filter and am also replacing the pump which was a "AO Smith SQ1202 2hp single speed". I believe this pump is 230v, and im looking for something to replace it that will be reliable, im reading too many horror storys about the VS pumps so i was thinking to stick to a 2 speed style but most i see are "above ground " labled and it has me confused on what the difference is. Im not entirely sure i need a 2hp motor, but i am new to pools in general and would like to solicit your opinions.
I may try to install a heat pump in the future to extend the swimming season but for now its not in the budget. My system is as far as i can tell : 1 skimmer and 1 main drain, secondary drain in spa which is usually off as the spa over flows into pool.
Are my fears justified on VS pumps? Do they make in ground compatible 2 speed pumps? What other energy efficent options are available?
Thanks kindly for any assistance in advance