My Hayward SX360 sand filter developed a crack and need to be replaced. As it is too big for the 12,000 gallon pool in my backyard, I am looking for a smaller replacement.
After speaking with a few pool companies, I was quoted close to 1k for the job and get myself further confused on several issues.
1. I guess a 24 inch sand filter (I am looking at Hayward for now, but open to switch to other brand) should be sufficient base on the spec sheet. But only side mount version comes with 2 inch connection to fit my exiting piping. I was hoping to switch from push-pull to a multi-port, but was strongly discouraged by the pool guy I talked with (not reliable, does not need rinse cycle, etc.). Saw a few sites have model S244T2, which is not listed on Hayward spec sheet?
2. Will the 2 HP pump too big for the smaller filter I am getting? One guy offered $100 to retrofit the pump with smaller diffuser and impeller to downsize the pump. Not sure if it is necessary or even a . I also noted that you may need a bigger pump if you have spa or water feature, which I have both. Should I keep the pump as is? Will it put too much pressure to the filter?
3. One guy recommended WaterCo filter, which I have not heard of, saying it can withstand higher pressure than Hayward. Does anyone have experience with this manufacturer?
Sorry for dumping all my doubts out at once. Any inputs are greatly appreciated. Thank you.