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    Upgrading Equipment

    Well, I got a full summer out of my pool equipment, The pump is having trouble starting lately (hums for a few seconds before starting) and my filter never quite did the job (lets stuff through when vacuuming). My timer has never worked and honestly, I have basically fought my pool since purchasing my house this spring. I have done a fair amount of research and have narrowed my selection down to pentair products. I do not have an unlimited budget but I don't want to get garbage that I will have to replace in a couple seasons.

    Pump wise, I have basically narrowed my choices down to the Wisperflo 3/4hp or the Superflo 3/4hp. I know the Whisperflo is more efficient, but the I like the price of the Superflo. My reasoning for going from 1hp to 3/4hp is the fact that from what I have read and heard, 3/4 is just fine for the system I have. I would like to get a suction side cleaner eventually, and get a little more flow out of my slide for next season. Will the downgrade to 3/4 hp hurt me in this department?

    Filter wise, while I have been frustrated with my current setup, I like cartridge filters and would like to stay with carts. I have been eying the pentair clean and clear plus 240 sq ft, or the regular clean and clear 200. Both of these are pretty expensive, so if these systems are overkill, or there is a cheaper, quality alternative, I would love to hear about it.

    I am basically ready to pull the trigger, just want to make sure I don't mess this up

    Thanks in advance,
    12,500Gal Semi Rectangular IG Pool
    Fiberglass Construction
    Hayward 1h Pump
    Sta-Rite 70 sq. ft. cart. filter
    2 Returns, 1 Skimmer

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    Re: Upgrading Equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese
    Pump wise, I have basically narrowed my choices down to the Wisperflo 3/4hp or the Superflo 3/4hp. I know the Whisperflo is more efficient, but the I like the price of the Superflo. My reasoning for going from 1hp to 3/4hp is the fact that from what I have read and heard, 3/4 is just fine for the system I have. I would like to get a suction side cleaner eventually, and get a little more flow out of my slide for next season. Will the downgrade to 3/4 hp hurt me in this department?

    What's the diameter of the pipe that runs to and from the main pump currently installed?
    Though I researched the products you mention a few years ago, I've forgotten the specifications. If the Whisperflo is more efficient than Superflo, might this be in the long run the cheapest pump to buy and operate? What's the service factor for each of the 3/4hp pumps you're considering? And for the 1 hp you use now? Do you know the return pipe size or GPM on supply side for the slide? A new 3/4 hp pump may give you all or more that the 1 hp pump provided depending on the specs. I'll bet if you up-sized the filter (240 sq ft) that might solve some of the flow rate issues.

    Caveat emptor: I'm not an expert on pumps or fluid dynamics, but there are several knowledgeable individuals in this forum who seem to be... Mas985, for one.

    Filter wise, while I have been frustrated with my current setup, I like cartridge filters and would like to stay with carts. I have been eying the pentair clean and clear plus 240 sq ft, or the regular clean and clear 200. Both of these are pretty expensive, so if these systems are overkill, or there is a cheaper, quality alternative, I would love to hear about it.
    14,555 gal in-ground 16'x29' white plaster Pool w/spa (2007); Goldline Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/Aqua Cell 15 Salt Water Chlorination (SWCG); Hayward TriStar 1HP (1.85 SF) main / 1.5HP (1.60 SF) spa pumps; Hayward Swimclear cart filter C4025, ColorLogic LED lights; Tankless SP-18-4 electric heater; Polaris 280 cleaner.
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