First post - first pool - first problem...
My pool was installed late last year. When it was completed, they filled it, ran it for a few minutes and closed it for the winter. The installer opened the pool the first week of April. After about a week, the pump stopped working (1 HP Hayward Max-Flo II). Turns out the motor burned out. It got so hot that the labels on the outside were charred. The installer received and installed a replacement motor from Hayward. A week later, the pump stopped working again. I happened to be outside this time when it stopped - the motor was humming, but the pump was still. I'm guessing that this is what happened the first time and the motor eventually burned out (or whatever the proper technical term is).
So here I am on day 10 without a functioning pump - it took the installer four days to come by - the Hayward rep said he would send a new pump 2nd day delivery, but it's almost a week later and still no pump. I've been doing a little research on pumps (I'm about ready to just buy another pump and install it myself) and saw this note about the Max-Flo pumps on poolplaza.com:
So now I'm wondering if this is even the right pump for my pool. Here are the details: 34,000 gal in-ground, 500# Hayward sand filter, Raypac heat pump, Jandy SWG, 4 deck jets. The equipment pad is 20-25 feet from the shallow end of the pool, the pool is 40 feet long.This pump is a nice medium head pump that works well on simpler pools which might have just a pump and filter and fairly short runs between the equipment and the pool. Pools with lots of equipment (pump, filter, heater, pressure side cleaner, etc) or longer piping runs should look at the Super 2 pump instead.
Here is a photo of the equipment pad:
There are 4 inputs on the right - 3 skimmers and 1 for bottom drains; 2 outputs in the middle; 4 deck jets on the left.
There is also a separate fountain thingy with its own pump - a Hayward Superpump. This pump is between the Max-Flo and the filter.
So is the Hayward Max-Flo the right pump for me? Are the problems I'm having just a fluke, or is it not a good option for my setup? I've been reading about pump sizing and head gain and head loss and graphs and curves - and it's still over my head. As I've been typing this my installer called and said that he called the Hayward rep and was told that the pump is back-ordered and was not in fact shipped last week. I'm pretty fed up with relying on other people to solve this problem. This forum has given me the confidence to test and treat my pool myself - it would be fantastic if I could do the same on the equipment side. I guess I've gotten a little off track from my original question - so any suggestions on the pump - or anything else with my setup with by greatly appreciated!! Thanks!