Hi, bought a house with a pool and a separate spa, making me a new pool owner. I think the pumps may not be very efficient, but wanted to confirm here.
The pool is about 12 years old, and is a touch less than 20,000 gallons per the pool guy. I'm not really sure what kind of pump it is, but it says:
Challenger AC-???-2 (can't make out the middle characters
The motor says: Century Centurion A.O. Smith. Total H.P. = 2.20
The spa is ~3 years old, and is ~4500 gallons or less per the pool guy.
The pump is a Hayward TriStar pump, can't tell the model number because there are so many numbers, but probably SP3200Z17 Rev. D. The motor says 2.70 THP; 2.0 FRHP/1.35 SF.
The spa also has a waterfall with a 2-speed pump (don't know why you need a 2-speed pump on a waterfall) which is a Hayward TriStar pump as well, SP3200Z15 Rev D. 1.85/.22 THP; 1.0/.12 FRHP/1.85 SF. The spa has 11 jets on it.
All of these seemed to be a lot of horsepower for the pool/spa/waterfall from what I've read here, but I'm not sure.
2) What does FRHP and SF mean? I'm assuming THP means total horsepower.
3) The pool pump seems to be pretty old; do you think it would be worth it to get a 2-speed pump or variable speed pump, and which one? I read a lot of threads on 2-speed vs. variable speed, but I'm still not sure. I live in Houston, TX, and the energy prices are about average (~11.5 cents per kWh)