Hi. I'm new to all this pool stuff AND posting stuff. So please bear with me until I catch on! I'm Cherie and we live in Wylie, Texas.
First of all, THANK YOU so much for caring enough to offer the invaluable help on this site. You have already saved us a lot of money (which is one way we were able to contribute to your cause here
In May 2008, we had the following installed, buried 3 feet into the ground, with a 7' deep end (and a 2 1/2' ledge around the deep end): Doughboy, 32x16 with one skimmer/one return inlet, 25 mil print liner, 19" sand filter (with zeobest). My calculations can only come in a ballpark for #gallons, because of the deep end ledge, but w/o the ledge figured, it would be 21,120 gallons. So I've been maintaining it as a 20,000 gallon pool and it seems to be working fine (except that we are still battling the mustard algae that was introduced through some neighbor kids' lakewater swimsuits!!) That's another story and a battle I will take on again next week -- now that I know all the CORRECT STEPS for beating it!
I have already initiated the BBB method, much to the worry of my husband (I chuckle as I type this) and the chagrin of our pool store! It's great, although I still have some learning to do.
My question now is: Can anyone give me advice on the Hayward Matrix 1 HP Dual-Speed Pool Pump? It runs at 2.9 amps (slow speed) and 11 amps (fast) and 115v. If my figures are correct, switching to this pump will cut our electric cost in half - and that's running it on low for 24/7 - which means it would be even lower if we don't run it 24/7! Our current pool pump is a Pentair 1HP single-speed, which runs at 12 amps, 115v. We are spending $75/mo to run it for 12 hours/day. So going from $75/mo for 12 hours/day to $36/mo for 24 hours/day sounds well worth the purchase!! So does all this sound right? Seems if this was the case, EVERYONE would be biting at the bits to get this Hayward installed!
We're about to have a 2nd return inlet installed as well (no thanks to the "POOL COMPANY" for not suggesting a 2nd inlet to begin with for this size pool!) I've been told the 1HP will work.
Help on the Hayward would be greatly appreciated and again, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm not sure that I can find my way back here (I TOLD you I was new at this posting stuff). So if you post an answer and I don't respond anytime soon, it's because I've forgotten how to get back here -- but make no mistake....I WILL BE BACK (did you hear the Arnold accent??)