We're real newbies here (if you've seen my other threads, you already know that!), and are in the process of restoring the pool that came with the house we bought last year. We have to replace the pump motor (it was frozen up). The pump itself seems OK, but not the motor. We are thinking of replacing the old 1-speed motor with a new energy efficient 2-speed motor. (We've been looking at A. O. Smith's line of energy efficient 2-speed motors.)
The pool guy we're working with is telling us we'll have to put in a timer to use a 2-speed motor. Is that true? I asked him if we couldn't just operate it manually and he said he didn't know but would try to find out. I've since done some online research, and from what I've read and seen in diagrams, most (if not all?) of the 2-speed motors have a toggle switch for low and high speeds. Couldn't we just use that rather than a timer to operate it?
I understand how a timer is really nice to have, especially if you have a really busy lifestyle, but we are home most of the time and adding one more chore to the daily list (feed the dog, feed the cats, feed the birds, feed the fish, water the gardens, etc.) is not that big a deal to us. We are trying right now to get this pool up and running as cheaply as possible, and if the timer is not absolutely necessary, we'd rather save that for something to add down the road rather than right now. Any advice would be much appreciated.