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    Second year with pool, things I'd like to do. Need advice.

    With the mild winter we've had, it looks like year two of my pool ownership may start earlier than I planned so Id like to run some ideas and changes by you that I'd like to make. Can someone tell me if these are viable or find any holes in my theory.

    1. Replace single speed 1HP Mustang pump with quieter two-speed pump. Last year we ran the pump 24/7 and the electric bill jumped about $80-$100/month while the pool was open. The pump is NOT wired to the Autopilot DIG-220 wand I have no idea why this is the case. The only legitimate reason, in my opinion, is that the installer was lazy. It's currently connected to a regular ole' light switch in a box. Granted, a 220V light switch.

    2. Connect pump (existing or new one) to the Autopilot and let Autopilot take over control and set it to run 12 on, 12 off or similar.

    Questions...

    - Why isn't my pump wired to the Autopilot now? Is there something obvious I'm missing?
    - How can I tell if my Aautopilot has the pump control functionality? What to look for under the hood?
    - If I can hook the pump up to the Autopilot, does it make sense to buy a two-speed pump?

    Thanks all! Looking forward to pool season #2!
    All I know about my pool at this point:
    Size: 17,000 Gallons - Oval
    Type: Inground - Vinyl - Salt Water
    Filter: Sand
    Controller: Autopilot
    Pump: 1HP Waterway Mustang - Single Speed (MUSTS-110)
    Heater: Aquacal Heat Wave
    Robot: Barracuda G4

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    Re: Second year with pool, things I'd like to do. Need advic

    I can't figure why it wouldn't be hooked to the Autopilot.
    Getting a 2-speed pump will help your power bill.
    I think you have a good plan.
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    Re: Second year with pool, things I'd like to do. Need advic

    So if my current 17K gallon pool has a 1HP single speed pump, what's the ideal two speed configuration with a dual speed pump?
    All I know about my pool at this point:
    Size: 17,000 Gallons - Oval
    Type: Inground - Vinyl - Salt Water
    Filter: Sand
    Controller: Autopilot
    Pump: 1HP Waterway Mustang - Single Speed (MUSTS-110)
    Heater: Aquacal Heat Wave
    Robot: Barracuda G4

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    Re: Second year with pool, things I'd like to do. Need advic

    I'd say a 1 hp 2-speed uprated pump would be good for you.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
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