Hi all - my first post on TFP and in need of some help. I recently bought a new house with an IG pool...had someone come out for pool school and I've been spending a lot of time on the message boards trying to find my way, but now run into a decision that I'm a bit overwhelmed with. I enjoy a good DIY project, but with so much info out there today I'm also trying to not take on a project I can't handle or get sold on something I don't need.
My situation is as follows - I had a 1 HP Jacuzzi Magnum force pump that just went out on me. When we had the pool professionally opened this season, they said my motor was almost shot and I'd be lucky to make it through this season without replacement. It was running loud until this weekend, but still functioning ok. This past weekend though, it gave way. At first I just wasn't getting good flow out of it. I got all the air out of the lines, it was working again for a day, and then the circuit started tripping. I admitted to myself that the pump was probably done for and removed it myself today.
Now I need to figure out what to replace it with. I have been looking at the Pentair Intelliflo options to save on some energy costs, but also reading from some sources that a 2-speed might get me more bang for my buck. And even if Intelliflo is my best bet, I'm totally confused by the different options out there and which would be best for me.
My main concerns:
- I have 2" PVC pipe. Will that allow the Pentair to operate efficiently?
- Since my current pump is only 1 HP and the Pentair all seem to be 3 HP, will that overwork my system? What HP should I be targeting? Does Pentair have any 1 HP options?
- I would love to install the new pump myself to cut down on installation costs, but any re-plumbing would definitely test my capabilities. Would love a plug and play option with my existing pipes, if possible.
Thanks so much in advance.
IG Vinyl liner. 10 years old.
Purex Triton II Sand Filter
Pentair Intellichlor SWG
Pentair Mastertemp 250 Heater
Polaris 280 automatic cleaner with Pentair booster pump
Pool operates 4 months per year (live in Chicago)