Hi! I am a new member here and also very new to owning a pool. We bought a house with a swamp for a pool this summer. We have had an interesting time getting it running again...to say the least. I believe the pump and filter are more than we need. I have also read that newer ones are MUCH more economical. The pump has gone out and we are looking to replace it. I patched the filter housing this summer (it had a couple of HUGE cracks) and am pleased that it is still holding together...for now. We are trying to figure out which pump to get. Also, which filter to get when we replace it.
The pump is (was) a Pentair WhisperFlo 2 HP Service Factor 1.1. The filter is a Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 420 sq. ft. We also have a Pentair Compool CP 100 Control System, and a Purex Triton MiniMax PLUS 400 heater (which we have not even tried to fix yet.)
We have pool that is about 10,000 gallons, a spa that has 5 jets, and a "waterfall" (water that drizzles off the rocks in the back of the pool.) All of our pipes are 2".
From all the blogs and sites and such, I have tried my best to figure out what pump we need. Since there is only one 2" intake line for the spa, I think that makes the maximum flow 73 gpm, so I think we need a 1.5 HP, Full Rated, High Head Pump? Does this sound correct? However, we also are considering adding Solar Heating panels. I do not know if that means the pump should be a higher HP or not. We are thinking we want a 2 speed pump. Also, possibly a 4.9 sq. ft. sand filter...before too long anyway? I am wondering if we should get a Pentair pump (because maybe it is better or easier to install or works better with the other Pentair products ...maybe?) or does anyone recommend a different brand/type/size...etc. We would really like to make the pool/spa economically friendly...and of course having it actually in working order will be a plus. I know very little about all this, but am working hard to try to figure out the best way to do all of this. I eventually would like a pool that can be warmed with a hot spa that we can run for the next 8 years without financially killing ourselves each month..
I would greatly appreciate any advice, suggestions, input, help...
Thanks so much!