Currently have a 2 HP A.O. Smith, it was left outside for 2 winters when I bought the house last summer. When I first hooked it up, it leaked terribly, though I was able to take apart and replace gaskets and actually get it going and it got me through last season. However, it makes an intermittent kind of high pitched winding noise which I assume is the bearing about to go.
Also, I seem to have had a very minor suction side leak I could never quite locate, nothing bad, but just enough to be irritating at times. And lastly, the power cord appears to have been cut and repaired (pig tail) by the previous owner, it works, but a section is under about 2 rolls of electrical tape and it is really short, which meant I had to move the whole thing further away from the pool so it would reach the outlet, and hence run longer plumb lines, maybe about 8 feet from the pool, and cutting right in front of the deck stairs. Not ideal.
So, with all of that, I would like a fresh start and get a whole new pump. I think I want a 2 speed given the energy savings, our electric rates are supposed to be 7.00 per kwh according to the city website, and due to renegotiations are supposed to drop to 4.54, though neither of these figures are entirely consistent with my actual bill.
I vacuum manually, but don't plan to do so forever (found a kontiki in the pool house that seems to be missing parts, maybe I'll try and use it this year)
I am pondering adding solar panels this year, but maybe not, I may not have a good location for them
At some point I may add a heater if decided I can't get solar to work
2 HP seems overkill given my set up, would a 2 speed 1 HP be sufficient for current and potential future uses I mention above?
Can someone throw out a few brands and/models I should further research?
Thank you as always!