I just had a new Hayward SP3400 VSP EcoStar installed yesterday and so far I'm really pleased with it. It's very quiet compared to the Pentair 1.5hp SuperFlo it replaced. The installer noted that even though we had the pool builders replace all the plumbing when we replastered the pool and put in a new deck last Sept. they used 1 1/2" instead of 2" piping. As a result, the best install of the pump necessitated replacing the existing Jandy Valve with a 2" unit and plumbing in a few pieces of 2" PVC going to and from the pump above ground. His opinion was that the PB should have used 2" throughout allowing better flow and less work for the pump. Unfortunately, I didn't know about TFP back then or I would have run the whole rebuild past you guys.
Here's the old pump:
And here's the new one"
Be that as it may, the new pump is great. I got a good deal on it through Leslie's with free installation and a $200 rebate from So. Cal. Edison. I'll update this thread when I get next month's electric bill and see how much the difference is.
I'm still reading through the manual to learn how to program it for the most efficient use. Can anyone give me some recommendations for speeds and runtimes? Should I be looking at just one turnover per day, or more than that? I'd like to run the cleaner for maybe 2 hrs. a day which will necessitate a higher pump speed. Should I run it at top speed for cleaning or something lower?
Any other suggestions?