After swimming season last year, my current pump locked up and stopped working. I took it apart hoping that I could fix it, with no luck. The pump is a part of the Intex Krystal Clear Pool Sand filter. I know that I can't just get a new pump for this, I would have to purchase a whole new sand filter / pump combo. I've already talked to some local pool supply stores and there isn't an option of just replacing the pump with another brand. They have said that any pump they could sell me would be too powerful for the remaining sand filter. So I think my only option is to purchase a new pump and filter. That being said, I don't really like Intex for the simple fact that when something breaks, you're forced to purchase a whole new setup because I haven't been able to find any replacement parts. I'm sure they make them, but no one (that I can find) sells them. So I am looking for suggestions on a new pump and sand filter, I'd prefer to stay away from Intex (I know they're about the cheapest thing out there, but sometimes you get what you pay for). My pool setup is fairly straight forward an Intex above ground vinyl pool 18' x 18' x 4' (right at 7600 gallons I believe). I have an Intex SWG after my pump and filter, but would be open to replacing that as well if it would not work with the new pumping station (but I do want to stay with SWG). The pump is fried, but the filter is still in working order it's an 18" sand filter. I'm assuming that I need a 3/4 hp pump (which I think is the smallest they make) and an 18" sand filter. I'm mainly looking for suggestions of which brand(s) are the most reputable (and have replacement parts available). Also if you see anything wrong with my setup, now's the time to fix it, so any suggestions will be most welcome!
Edit : I've looked in the "Pumping Station" section and "Reviews" section, but didn't really find anything relevant. If you know of a post that would be helpful, please let me know.