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  1. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for the feeback on the Jandy. I already went with the Superflo since it was less expensive and offered comparable energy savings to the larger hp Jandy.
  2. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    So the install went pretty smoothly. In fact the SuperFlo was the perfect height for the existing suction line so there was no need to make any height adjustments. On the return side, decided to use a 45 closer to the multiport. See photos below. New pump is humming along now. Going to work...
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  7. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Picked up the SuperFlo VST from Leslie's for just under $1,020 with tax. It was their last one and a July 2021 build so it should have the RS-485 connectivity for future use. Thanks for everyone's input on the decision. Also picked up the MX-8 Elite while the 10% off and $100 rebate is going...
  8. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    I could always work a low cost arrangement with my installer friend to show professional install to get the 2 year warranty. It's just not all warranties are worthwhile especially if they require that you remove the part and ship it back for inspection before they send a replacement. Then...
  9. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks @mknauss for the info on the EC part number and one year warranty. Is the warranty worth getting? I ask because I was looking to install this weekend or early next week so I was going to pickup locally rather than wait on shipping from a website. Online with 1 year warranty is $1,059...
  10. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    I believe I am past the detour of the larger Jandy 2.7hp VSP that a local pool store suggested. Maybe it was the promise of energy savings with a higher HP VSP combined with the "sex appeal" of the iQPUMP01 wifi app control, but I think I've gotten back on track. I stopped by their store again...
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  15. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for the insights and confirming the plumbing should be fine. Without worthwhile energy savings by upgrading to the 2.7hp (to run at a lower rpm than the 1.5hp), it kind of takes the steam out of the higher upfront cost, especially considering there will be higher long term costs with...
  16. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Ah, I was wondering why there were not as much about Jandy on the forum. Thanks for the background. I've sent some messages to members with the same Jandy model pump in their signature, but I only found two of them ;) I've read good things about their gas heaters and parts like valves, but I...
  17. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Understood. Any reliable sources you'd recommend for comparison?
  18. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Trying to find info comparing Jandy and Pentair for quality, I came across Dave Van Brunt's blog at the link below and copied the quote below (emphasis added by me). Who Makes the Best Variable Speed Pump? He has videos about the Jandy pump and the iQPUMP01 control and seems to think it is a...
  19. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for the advice on the app control. Any comments on the Jandy brand and quality of the pump? What about the potential energy savings with the larger 2.7hp motor over the 1.5hp?
  20. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Rather than start a new thread, I will post more about the upgrade offer here for advice. When I got to the local pool store to pickup a new SuperFlo/SuperMax VSP, they mentioned they had a great price going on new prior model Jandy Pro Series 2.7hp PlusHP VSP. Model number is VSPHP270AUT. It...
  21. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Will do. They were out of the Jandy CV - they had one Waterway with a twist off lid. They were suggesting the basic white one with unions for $40. They said it's been the same style for years and will always be available and easy to change with the unions.
  22. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for all feedback. The local pool store actually offered me an upgraded Jandy 2.7hp PlusHP (model vsphp270aut) for a little more than the SuperFlo/SuperMax. It is around $200 more out the door for me and includes the iQPUMP01 controller. The model appears to be from a couple of years...
  23. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Oh, I thought the pump came with unions based on the photo. Good to know they may not. Any advice on the check valve for the spa overflow?
  24. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for the advice. Not familiar with shimming the height, but I think the pump sits higher than the plumbing so I guess I need to move the 45's further downstream.
  25. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Thanks for pointing out the suction line recommendation. I just measured and it is exactly 10 inches from the tip of the suction port to the tip of the 90 degree elbow which meets the recommendation for the 2 inch suction pipe. Do you think the two 45 degree fittings are an issue? Those are...
  26. thefisch

    plumbing advice and install tips for new VS pump - worth upgrading pump from 1.5hp to 2.7hp?

    Headed out today to pickup a new Pentair SuperFlo VSP or Sta-Rite SuperMax VSP (depending on what's in stock) to replace my old Pentair Pinnacle and Vgreen 165 motor that died. The advice I got here on the age of the pump and the available $350 rebate from my power company helped me decide to...
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