My pump motor kicked the bucket on me. Granted it was a 10+ year old motor and has been slowly losing performance over the past couple of years. While I was cleaning the pool out the motor started sounding like a bi-plane was flying over my house. Then it shut itself off and wouldn't turn back on. I managed to get the motor to start again, but it is running rough. When I removed the pump, I could hear what sounded like metal shavings moving around in the housing. Time for a new pump.
The pump/filter system I have is a Jacuzzi sand filter and a single speed 1HP pump. I'd like to keep the filter, because I just replaced the dial valve (I think that's what it's called) a couple of years ago. The filter does a good job for me.
I'd like to upgrade to a 2 speed pump for obvious economical and efficiency reasons. I'd also like to buy the whole pump skimmer/motor combo and not just replace the motor only. (Part of the pump mounting bracket broke years ago and finding replacements parts is pretty hard. It's also very difficult to work on)
I have a 28 foot round AG pool with an Aquatrol SWG. It's over 18000 gallons total. 1 1/2" PVC plumbing.
Should I stick with the 1HP pump? The pool store person insisted I needed a 1.5HP to 2HP motor, which sounded pretty fishy because I hadn't told them what size pool I had yet.
I've been looking around at various websites, but I find this place is the apex of pool knowledge on the internet. (Ordered my TFP Test Kit last year and had a blast playing shade-tree pool chemist)
Can someone give me a suggestion as to what is a good pump?