We are in the process of starting up a pool at a house we bought last year (see my thread w/pics about this here: help-giant-pond-that-s-supposed-to-be-a-pool-pics-added-t5626-20.html). It's in-ground, gunite, about 28 x 14, and approximately 15,000 gallons. We haven't tried starting any of the equipment yet. A pool technician is supposed to come by tomorrow afternoon to look things over and give us some advice. I'm worried about the pump and whether it's going to work, as well as how much of an energy guzzler it may be.
What we currently have is a Hayward (manufactured by Leslie's) HydraMax II. It says it's self-priming. The motor says it's a Magnatek Century Centurion, and lists 1 HP. There is a sand filter that looks maybe fairly new. The info on it says it's a Leslie's Stay-Clear Sand Filter. It lists effective filtration area as 3.14 ft., the filtration rate as 20 GPM/ft., the design flow rate as 62 GPM, and the maximum working pressure as 50 PSI. There is also a Hayward Vari-Flo valve between the pump and filter that lists rated pressure as 50 PSI and rated flow as 75 GPM.
Now, IF the pump turns out to be non-functional, or IF it ends up being a real energy guzzler, we will want to replace it, and would appreciate some advice about this. What would you guys recommend we replace it with that would be both energy efficient and not cost us an arm and a leg to start out with? I've been trying to google some results, but as I don't really know much about what I'm looking at, I feel lost about trying to figure out what we might need. So, advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated! And if any more info is needed, please let me know and I'll post it.
Thanks so much!