First I wanted t thank everyone on this site, I have gained control of my pool by reading this forum.
Here is my problem: My 2hp WisperFLo only has one bolt holding the motor to the pump. The other three thread inserts (where the bolts mate) have deteriorated to where they no longer are secure.
I found this out when the pump would not start. I went through all the standard "my pump just humms" tests before I realized that the motor was no longer aligned, and that was causing the system to seize. Essentially, the plates where the motor mounts onto the pump have rotted away. I bought the house last summer, and the pump is obviously pretty old.
I assume I have to get a whole new pump. I am OK with that. I have also been reading this site, and feel a two speed pump is a good option. I can get a rebate for a variable ($300.00), but my electricity is about .11kw (Austin Texas). If anyone feels a variable is the way to go I am all ears. BTW, to get the rebate the pump must be installed by an Austin Energy Participating Company. Which might mean paying a higher price for the pump and labor.
Here is my set-up:
25,000 Gallons with an attached SPA.
Pump Station is about 39’ from the pool edge, pumps are a little below water line with 2” Pipe.
2 Skimmers, and pool drain.
2hp WhisperFlo, Jandy DEL60 Filter (60 Square Feet, 19 PSI Clean), Jandy Aquapure SWG
Jandy LXi Heater, Goldline Valves
Pentair ¾ Hp Booster Pump, Polaris
Large Water Fall System on separate 2hp Hayward Model: SP (I guess I could swap this over in a pinch)
Everything is controlled by a 2 station Aqualink RS6 system.
I have a lot of trees and vegetation around the pool.
Question: Which pump?!
Note #1: If I go with a two speed pump, can the speeds be controlled with my Aqualink RS6? Or does it have to manually switched? I have read about timers, but I am not sure they will work with my set-up. Manual switching would not be convenient as my pool is pretty far from my house. This is not a deal breaker, just would be a hassle at times.
Note #2: The PVC ‘network’ around my three pumps is pretty tight; in fact the top 90 degree joint to the existing main pump is pretty much flush with the pump (not sure how to remove it).
I typically like value, but I am willing to invest in a great RELIABLE product.