I replaced my filter pump this weekend with a Pentair IntelliFLO VS pump. The pump install went pretty easy, but I have a question on the wiring. I have a salt water pool with a Goldline controller. After reading through the pump manual, I decided the wire the pump directly to the breaker so the pump would have power at all times not through the Goldline "Filter" relay.
I programmed the timer built into the pump to come on at 7am and off at 7pm (Run Speed 2 @ 1,500 rpm). I still have the Goldline turning on the filter pump relay (nothing connected) at 7:30 am and off at 6:30 pm to activate the cell and to allow the booster pump to run later in the day (booster pump is for the vacuum).
The setup works fine, but it removes some of the safeties built into the Goldline controller. The Goldline normally requires the main pump to run the cell, to start the booster pump, to start the heater, etc. It also shuts down the pumps when switching the motorized valves from "Pool" mode to "Spa" mode, etc.
I then thought of another way to wire the pump, but I wanted to ask before I did it. What if I programmed the timer built into the pump to run 24/7 at speed 2 (1,500 rpm). Then I could connect the pump back to the Goldline filter relay and re-gain some of the safety features above. The Goldline could supply power to the pump from 7am - 7pm, the program set in the pump would kick in and run the pump at 1,500 rpm. Would this work? Would the pump remember the program settings without power for 12 hours? I tried with a the breaker and it seemed to work fine. It tripped the breaker and the pump lost power. I reset the breaker and pump started right back up and resumed the program.
If the option above will work, I only need to manually speed up the pump if running the heater.