First - thanks for all the great info on the site. The advice is usually very straightforward and the site is so easy to use. It has saved me hundreds of dollars.
I'm looking for advice on a new pump/motor.
I have a 26k vinyl inground pool, Goldline SWG, heater, sand filter, skimmer, drain, 3 returns.
I'm still on my original pump/motor -- a Triton Ultra Flow pump with Centurion/Magnatek 1 hp/1.25 SF motor. I've had to replace the seal twice in the last 4 years and it is starting to leak again. I'd like to switch to variable or two speed. I value lowest noise and energy efficiency. My equipment sits underneath my deck and I'm tired of the turbulence and pump noise.
I'm looking at a Pentair Intelliflo or a Superflo. Our electric rates are around $.12 when you consider all the extra charges (property tax, surcharges, etc) they throw on the bill that are kwh-based. I'd like to install it myself.
1 - What's your advice on a pump?
2 - What install issues do I need to look for?
3 - What does it take to install it in place of my old pump?
(PS....I use a kreepy krauly cleaner and it needs to be replaced also (8 years old). I will get the a Pool Cleaner or the new kreepy krauly. Any advice is appreciated.)