I've recently had a failure of my pool pump motor, and since we were to be travelling that week, I just wanted to get it replaced in a hurry. I ended up finding a $259 replacement that worked fine - I spent about 40 mins pulling the old one out and putting this one in and we're up and running. I also played around with the Jandy pool pump calculator today and realized I probably don't need to run my pump 16 hours a day... and that I'd save some $$ by getting that down to 4-6 hours per day. Hence I'm thinking about automation.
Now I'm regretting spending on the new motor a little since it seems like that was a good opportunity to put a whole new two speed or variable speed pump in there along with automation so I could control the pump better. I've also got a Raypack heater that has a simple digital controller, and a single outdoor switch to both control the pump and heater power. This switch is installed in a plastic weatherproof box mounted on the heater. A 240V plastic conduit supply line comes from the garage electrical panel, and then another conduit line leaves the switchbox to take power to the pump. I haven't looked inside with switchbox/housing, but I assume that the heater wiring just enters through the back of the box to be switched/powered (Again, switch is directly mounted on the side of the heater).
Now, I stumbled on Intermatic pool pump timers and there is a bewildering array of them however... I'm thinking all I really need is a timer to manage the pump and heater and that would both be simple and relatively cheap. With what I've read today, I should be able to spend under $300 (and maybe alot less) and get what I need. However, I've read a few disparaging remarks about the Intermatic timers (like T104R3 or T104P for example). Are these reliable and long lasting? Are there good quality competing products? Which models should I be looking at - do I need one with a heater circuit ($100 or so)? Should I be targeting spending a little more to get something better?
Regarding installation, I could either put the timer housing outside in place of the switch (assuming there's room), or I could think about fishing some additional wiring and putting the timer on the inside wall of the garage (equipment is right on the side of the garage with electrical panel close by). So I would get outdoor or indoor timer with appropriate housing as required, depending on whether I can wire the thing up properly inside.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.