Morning all, my first post here. Anyway, first time pool owner (3 mo) of an existing system, and we desperately want to replace our single speed pump due to high electric rates and costs. I have a complete Hayward system with what I believe is a 2HP single speed pump. A pool guy that came and did some work on the system told me it was a 3HP, but when I looked yesterday it had 2HP written on it. From reading here, it seems a variable speed would be the most energy efficient, but my questions are:
How reliable are VS pumps these days? I've seen a number of reviews about failures and don't want to have to buy a new pump in 3 years.
Would a 2 speed pump make more sense for my system? And are they more reliable?
If my system is Hayward, do I need to stick with that brand? Seems Pentair gets better marks on quality.