I am looking to replace my pool pump. Walked out to look at the equipment today and saw a leak/drip again at the pool pump housing. This is the same area that I had a service tech come out before and address. That time I think he just replaced the o-ring or seal in the pool housing (that round structure). Whatever the case, rather than dump money into a system that I will eventually replace, I was thinking that from a cost standpoint it is better to just bite the bullet now and upgrade from a single speed Pentair Challenger 3/4 HP pump to a VS.
The service tech recommended Hayward SP3400 VS pump, but on Amazon I have already done some initial research, from recommendations, on the Pentair 011018 VS pump. The service tech stated that he prefers the Hayward b/c it is easier to program. I'm sure both of them will have a serious learning curve.
Let me give some info about my setup. I have Intermatic manual controllers for my pump and the pool cleaner, and I'm not looking to upgrade to a digital control system like the Intelli-Touch. My pool cleaner is controlled by a separate pump/motor, and the cleaner is a Polaris 280. Just based on approximation, there is maybe 20' of head at the very most from my pool pumping station to the inlet(to calculate this, I just simply measured from pumping station to the inlet). I was informed before that I don't need to have a SVRS pump with my system, so I was going to skip on that. Even when we eventually get the pool resurfaced (I am trying to get as much life as possible out of my plaster though), I don't think I want to split my drain, but there again, one company (Adams Pools - Pleasanton) said that it would be required. So, with a resurfacing in the future, would it be better to get a SVRS pump in case it is needed, or is it a waste now and in the future?
If you need any other info for recommendations, please ask. But, if anyone has any experience w/ the aforementioned pumps and would please share, I would greatly appreciate it.