First, it's been a while, thank-you for the advice and guidance, going into my second full season of BBB and things are going well. The LQ setup and heavy duty direct wired timer have made taking care of the pool a lot more enjoyable.
The pool was originally purchased with a Hayward XStream 1500 filter and 'heavy duty' 2 HP timer pump. I had experienced several cheap flex hose blow outs (which I attributed to cheap hoses), which caused me to hard pipe the entire setup (well worth the time, IMHO) with 1.5" PVC.
In getting ready to open the pool for spring (yes, it just snowed here in the Midwest a week or so back), I have been reading and learning - it appears my pump might be about 2x larger than what is really needed. It does vacuum really well...
I ready a little on service factors, full rated, uprated, in ground pumps, above ground pumps, this rated, that rated - probably more time than needed. Which, BTW, the Hayward PowerFlo just says SPL as a service factor and apparently that means they really don't have to list one as it is a special purpose motor - and is definitely not really a 2HP motor based on the AMP draw. It ends with TFP.COM, hopefully today.
I am thinking of downgrading to a 1HP PowerFlo Matrix or a 1HP PowerFlo Matrix with 2 speed. Any thoughts on the configuration? The original pump was purchased with the pool as a kit, not knowing what I know today - thanks to TFP - I would have never have opted for the 'Heavy Duty' pump option.
The pump is only about 5 years old, still runs - is it worth swapping out with a proper sized pump now that I have been 'schooled'?
Thanks in advance.