This season my pool has become a money pit. First the 3-4 year old pump would not work, so I bought one of the new Variable Speed Pumps (Hayward Eco Star) - jury is out on that one for now.
But now, even more pressing, my current 6-7 year old AquaComfort Heat Pump is leaking bad and was told needed new copper and something else. Probably not worth having it serviced as they are not sure they could even fix it. So the choices are to either just get rid of a heat pump or get a new one and this is where I need some help.
My local pool company sells AquaCal and is recommending SQ175 for the size pool we have (22x40). It is not cheap by any means so I did a search and came across a Sunrunner Whispershield 141,000 BTU for about a $1,000 less at Leslie's pools. When looking at the pictures of the AquaCal SQ 175 and the Sunrunner they look identical. Does AquaCal make the Sunrunner brand and is there really much of a difference between them besides the name on it? Also open to other suggestions as well. Thanks -