I am so glad I found this site!! .. I built an inground pool 4 years ago. It is a 19k gal, L shaped gunite/vinyl liner pool. It has a 1.5hp Pentair WhisperFlo pump and a Pentair IntelliClor IC40 SWG. My pump just began making a grinding sound as if a bearing was going out. I started looking online for new pumps and found a good price for a Pentair VS3050. The online company started asking me why my pump had gone south so soon. During our discussion I told him my pool company told me to run my pump 24/7 in order to keep it clean. The online company selling the pump said my pool only needs to turn the water over 1 time per day, which I should be able to do in 5-6 hrs, then the pump could be shut down. Some of the info on this site says to turn the water 3-4 times per day? As far as the SWG goes the "cell life" light also recently came on and my local company says I need to replace it very soon. My water has always been crystal clear but I am still wondering if I could save electricity and run the pump for less hours per day. I live in Nebraska and our pool is only open from May-Sept. Thx for feedback!!!
Can anyone clarify how long I should run the pump and how many times the water should turn over?
Additionally, is it worth the expense to spend the extra money and get the Pentair VS3050 quoted about 1k, or just get new motor on old 1.5hp single speed WhisperFlo $400?