Hello. Thanks to everyone for your help. I've been able to take ownership of my pool from the help of this forum and I love doing it right.
I have a new problem - my Jandy JHP 1.0 just starting making a noise - it's internal to the main pump and it's a loud vibration sound. Oh, the other thing is that when the pump is off - there is the sound of periodic bubbles from either inside the filter housing or inside the pump.
~18,000g, Jandy 580, built ~2002, waterfall (separate pump), chlorine (usually liquid), Nor Cal.
Logically, I suspect the seals, maybe impellers need cleaned or replacement and maybe the bearings.
I only called one shop and they said if someone came out and repaired the pump - I'd be looking at around $300 on the high end.
If I was going to spend the $300 I thought I might as well upgrade to a more efficient pump; I assume most people's response would be "upgrade if you can afford it." I'm likely to enjoy the benefits of a lower electricity bill as I plan on staying here for a while.
1) Should I just go ahead and choose the path of upgrading the pump and blowing off even repairing it or looking into that? (I mean if it was like $100 I might just repair it and postpone the upgrade)....
Next, if I'm going to upgrade it - what brand type would be good to get. I have read some different things about variable vs 2-speed, etc. But I thought a variable would be ideal (assuming they are reliable enough), and I've read good things about the Pentair Intelliflow, etc. I got a couple estimates that it would be around $1,500?
Also, the way my pool is plumbed is a little weird. The water from the pool comes to a T with a valve, one line goes to the filter and the other to the auto vacuum line (Legend II). That means that the vacuum is before the filter and not after (seems weird to me). I can switch the water flow and turn off the vacuum on some days if I want the water to circulate more and the pool is clean enough. I have a Jandy energy bowl on the vacuum line and it just started leaking (no matter how much I tighten, I'm using silicon gel and I already replaced the o-ring, I see no damage on the threads).
2) do I need to get a new bowl?
3) if I get a new variable pump - under the slow speed it probably won't be enough pressure to move the vacuum right? but I would imagine that's OK because when the pump goes to the higher pressure mode - it will be enough to move the vacuum (which probably only needs to be on for like a couple hours a day).