I purchased an above ground pool "package" last spring that consisted of a 27' round (~18,500 gal), a Hayward 1.5 HP single speed pump rated at 70 GPM and a Hayward C100 cartridge filter which is rated at 100 GPM. All connected with 1.5" plumbing. 1 skimmer, 1 return.
By my calculations using the size of my pump, I should only have to run my pump for 5 hrs per day to turn over my pool, however that doesn't seem like an appropriate length of time. My pool gets full sun. So I run it for 8 hrs anyway.
I have a few questions...
1. Does this equipment seem to be appropriately sized to work efficiently? I don't feel like this filter cleans as well as the sand filter I grew up with and am just wondering if maybe the components are not properly sized. I have only ever seen the PSI increase by 2, maybe 3 from the clean filter PSI.
2. I have read that a 100 sq ft cartridge has a capacity of 38 GPM (thanks Google!), yet the label on my filter housing states "Design Flow Rate Residential 100 GPM." I'm confused...which is correct?
3. I had to replace the return hose this year because it started cracking a few weeks into the season. 1 year out of a hose doesn't seem reasonable...is that something that could be caused by my equipment or should I chalk it up to a cheap hose?
Thanks in advance!