My current pump (Hayward Max-Flo II 1.5HP) is quite loud, I'm sure costly, and questionable as to whether it "will" move enough water. I say "will" b/c we have a solar heater that is currently not running, but we'd like to eventually get it functioning again. Our pool/equipment has deferred maintenance, so we are trying to fix things in stages to spread the expense.
The pool equipment is all ground level w/ one set of returns running ~25' to one corner of the pool, and the other returns going to our spa that overflows into the pool, which is ~45' from the pump/equipment. For intake we have a main drain (that is not functioning currently), a skimmer box that is ~25', and a vacuum line that is ~35' from the pump/equipment. Our (prior) pool guy was not sure if a rebuild was the answer for the pump, and felt the pump may be under HP. At the end of last year (before I discovered TFP and took over maintenance ) he was recommending we go with an IntelliFlo over the EcoStar. I now see Hayward has the Max-Flo VS and if 1.5HP is sufficient it would probably be a great replacement option.
Any thoughts on the ideal size pump we should be using, or other pumps I should be considering?