I have about 30 days to take advantage of the Long Island Power Authority's (East End of New York) $400 rebate for a new VS pool pump. While I'm at it, I'm going to replace the filter. I currently have a Pentair Tagelus sand filter and a Hayward pump. The filter has a bad leak that was discovered at the end of this summer. Water was pouring out of the waste line.
As embarrassing as it is, I don't know much about my pool or its equipment other than it's old, noisy and leaking. My pool is gunite (well, actually concrete as there isn't much gunite left). It's probably about 35,000 gallons (guessing). We only use it during the summer, mostly weekends and I paid $600 for electricity in July this year.
My pool guy (who doesn't stand to make any money because he's not an approved LIPA VS pool pump installer) recommended I buy a Pentair 4 speed pool pump (anti entrapment - whatever that means) and a Hayward pro grid de filter 48 sq feet with side mount multi-port (again, not idea what that means) wth 1.5" plumbing. I spoke to another guy who also recommended a Pentair VS pump - Intelliflo - but said there's no need for a DE filter and I should just buy a new sand filter.
I'm totally lost and could use some guidance.