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    Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    I currently have a Century 1.5hp single speed pump. With the roof top solar I have significant feet of head in the system using 2" pipes. I'm going to upgrade to a VS pump and have been looking at the Intelliflo 011018 3hp pump. Buying it on Amazon will cost $900 and they offer an additional 4 years of warranty coverage for $130 through SquareTrade.

    Has anyone used the extra warranty? I realize DIY install negates the Pentair warranty. Paying someone to install means I can get a $200 rebate from the utility but I imagine it'll be at least $200 to install the pump anyway. I also have to keep their programming in order for it to be a qualified install.

    What kind of lifespan should I expect out of the Intelliflo?


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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    P,

    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for all your pool and pump questions..

    I have no idea what kind of warranty Square Trade provides, but if they will repair or replace the pump for 4 years, than $130 bucks sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and I never buy extended warranties...

    Over the years, I have run several different Repair Shops for the original manufacturer.. While it is true that anything can break at any time, about 90% of all failures are infantile failures and happen within the first 60 to 90 days. This is the main reason I don't normally buy extended warranties. They don't sell them because they expect to lose money.

    If I don't get 20 years out of my Intelliflo pumps, I'll be disappointed, but there will be another one in place the next day if one ever fails.

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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    I have an Intelliflo vs that has been in service for 11 years. Bear in mind we are shut down usually mid Oct or so and start back up in mid April or so usually. It has not had any drive problems, the only issue was a shaft seal last spring at opening. It is exposed 12 months of the year and sits against a 3' tall brick wall being on its North side.
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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    If you are an SCE customer (as I am) you can self install and claim the $200 rebate from them. SCE doesn't ask for an installer invoice, just the store invoice. I had mine installed so I could get the Pentair warranty and it cost nearly $200. If you can, do a self install, get the SCE rebate and purchase the SquareTrade 4-year extension. You'll be money ahead.
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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

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    P,

    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for all your pool and pump questions..


    Jim R.
    Thank you for the welcome Jim. I suppose I should have introduced myself somewhere. I'm using the Tapatalk app so everything looks different than the desktop site. I am closing on a house next week with a 45x20 pool. The equipment is in working condition but could use a few updates. I'm excited to contribute to and gain from the knowledge around here.

    SquareTrade says they cover any mechanical or electrical failure from normal use. No deductible. I'm going to talk with Amazon to see if I can get more details. I never buy extended warranties either but I certainly don't want to install a $1000 pump that has no backup against the occasional infant stage failure.

    The reviews on Amazon are not all complimentary of the Pentair but one has to consider some of those are people who probably shouldn't be near tools. Industry pros all recommend the Pentair product which is why I'm interested in it.


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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    Quote Originally Posted by swimcmp View Post
    I have an Intelliflo vs that has been in service for 11 years.
    Thank you for the vote of confidence in the Pentair pump. I'm excited to see how well a properly sized modern pump works on my pool!



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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    Quote Originally Posted by CA92807 View Post
    If you are an SCE customer (as I am) you can self install and claim the $200 rebate from them. SCE doesn't ask for an installer invoice, just the store invoice. I had mine installed so I could get the Pentair warranty and it cost nearly $200. If you can, do a self install, get the SCE rebate and purchase the SquareTrade 4-year extension. You'll be money ahead.
    That's great to know! I will definitely try for the rebate and see if they'll issue the refund. I may get quotes for an install. According to the SCE rebate site now a certified installer has to put the pump in and send proof that it has been programmed according to their guidelines. I have solar so it is cheapest if I run the pump during the day to take advantage of the generation of PV electricity. I think that programming is contrary to the SCE guidelines.


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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    Does this mean that an installer locks down the programming and you can't reprogram it without calling the installer?
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    Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    I don't think so and now that I read it again it appears there is a $200 rebate to the owner for putting in a VS pump and a $100 rebate to a contractor for installing one. It reads like those are exclusive of each other so as CA92807 said I can probably still get the rebate.

    For the contractor to get their $100 kickback they need to show it was programmed for off peak operation only. I can't imagine they go around and audit the programming of the pump after the fact.

    Here are the details for owners and for contractors.







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    Re: Amazon extra warranty coverage on a Pentair Intellifo

    I'm not seeing that it needs to be installed by anyone in particular only that a licensed installer can get an additional $100 rebate. It may just be me but I'd be asking anyone I highered to split that with me!

    I know for a fact that RPU where I live does do spot checks on rebate applications. They came out to ensure I had the TV I said I had when applying for a $150 rebate for an EnergyStar TV over 39". RPU also gives a $5 billing credit for programing your pool pumps to run off-peak (not between noon and 8pm). They came out and checked on that too. It is unlikely but plausible that SCE will pick yours to spot check for run times too.

    I'm getting my SuperFlo installed next Friday. It is $220 labor and an estimated $40 in pipe and fittings. Whoever did the initial install did a crappy job and a few pipes need to be re-routed to install the new pump, including the suction side inlet pipe because it doesn't meet the required 2.5 pipe diameters before the first elbow or T and another line from the filter to the heater that goes directly over the top of the pump to be replaced and the spa booster pump. I'm figuring that I'd have to run to Home Depot, grab a bunch of pipe and fittings before I even got started so it is worth it to me to just have it installed and be done with it. With the run to Home Depot and the 2 or 3 hours to install it I'd burn up a good portion of my day off which I can be doing something else.

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