New to the site. Great info here. Thank you.
New hosue with a pool:
Sylvan Monte Carlo (Built 1980), 31k Gallons, Hayward DE filter (4200??), 1.5 Hayward Super Pump, Booster Pump
Most of the equipment looks good but the motor on the pump appears to be on last leg. Pool water was clear when I first looked at the house. The pump works but it is severely rusted (leak in plumbing) and appears to be a replacement AO Smith on Hayward Superpump based on configuration of basket. Considering replacing pump to avoid a disaster in my first season. I do not have a spa, water features and do not plan to install solar. I am interested in the possibility of SWG and Heater options in the future once I get the hang of maintaining my pool. Plan to use a robotic cleaner.
If I replace the pump I am looking at a 2 speed or VS. KwH is .10 cents in our area. Is a VS overkill? Pros and Cons of these two types of pumps if used in my set up? Also, is it worth while to install a flow guage? Seems like a useful tool for monitoring actual turnover rate. I will have some plumbing to do anyway to fix the leak.
I do not want to buy low quality components and limit my system. However, I also do not want to pay for bells and whistles I do not need. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.