Hi - I'm new to the forum and I'm just learning about taking care of the pool in the house we moved into.
2 days ago my 10y old pool pump quit (it was a 1.5HP Hayward Northstar 2 speed, 230V, with 2" diameter connections). I need to quickly buy a replacement pump and I'm looking for some recommendations for the best pumps for the money. The most important things I'm looking for are are energy efficiency and reliability. I'd like to keep the purchase price under $1,000. I've heard good thing about the variable speed pumps, but most of them are over budget. I ran across the Ecopump EP6 for about $800, but it doesn't provide the same water flow as the north star. Apparently you just run them longer time to make up for it, but I'm not sure if the Polaris will work well enough with the lower flow rate?
A few details about my pool: no spa. 20k gallons, has a solar water heater located about 40 ft away and about 10 ft higher in elevation than the pool is. The filter is a Hayward ProGrid DE6020 filter (60 sqft, design flow 120GPM). I'm also running a Polaris 360 robot.
Please suggest the best pump for me - before my pool turns into an algae pit!
thanks for your help everyone