My pump died. ::moment of silence::
Near its death, I had been running it way too much just to best maintain FC (lot of leaves/organics, lots of sun and high water temp) and the electric bill was out of control. So, I'm biting the bullet and investing in VS - figure I'll get the cost back in electric savings.
So now I see the Pentair 011018 vs. 011017, and the difference seems to be the "safety vacuum release system". Do i need to get that (i.e., pay $300 more)? Drain blockage has never been an issue, the only suction problem I have every so often is if the water level dips near the bottom of the skimmer - that gets counteracted by opening up the main drain a bit.
As in the past, feedback here has been great, so looking for some again. Thanks in advance!