I bought my new house in November, and after a long cold winter it's time to start dealing with the pool. I've never had one before, although I did get a hot tub installed in December so I've become familiar with water chemistry/testing.
The pool is about 25k gallons with an overflow spa. It had a heater at one point, but that's broken and bypassed by the prior owners. They also owe me the pump motor so I'm not sure what horsepower it is because it's currently at some motor shop being repaired.
The big question I have is, should I replace the pool equipment now or try to get the old stuff running. I would rather pay for good stuff that will last and require minimal maintenance, rather than waste time and energy to save a few bucks. Another big question is should I try to do it myself, or find someone to do it for me - unfortunately all of the folks I've called are booked up and/or don't return my calls - I guess it's the busy season.
The equipment I was considering is:
- Hayward Ecostar pump because electric rates here are sky high, and it would let me remove the current old timer and use the one built into the pump.
- Hayward c3030 cartridge filter - oversized so I wouldn't need to clean it often
- Some sort of salt cell. I'm on well water, so I'd like to avoid building up CYA and needing to drain/refill over time. I also like the idea of not needing to deal with water chem every day.
Thoughts? I have some pics but the forum doesn't seem to want to let me upload them.