My pump died. What to replace it with?

pixiedustbelly

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May 28, 2015
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Our pump (which was awesome) finally died yesterday after 8+ years. I don't know the first thing about shopping for a pump so I am hoping someone might be able to give me some guidance/recommendations/info. 🤞

Our last pump was a Hayward and I think the model info has worn off over the years. I'm attaching pics of the only info I could find on it. Our pool is an inground 16 X 32. I estimate it to be about 21,000 - 23,000 gallons.

Also wondering if I should still put some chlorine in? Or should I forego it since it can't circulate?

Thanks in advance for any help! :)
 

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cowboycasey

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Put the same amount of chlorine in per day or even a little more than normal.. brush the pool afterwards and it will be just fine..

Did you replace the motor on this pump and it went another 8 years.. if so is the pump about 15 or more years old? If that is the case I would recommend a completely new pump and a VS pump at that...

Do you have any automation or just a pump and filter? If no automation we have found a 3hp VS pump for 500 bucks.. even if it only lasts 5 years it is the cheapest VS pump out there.. I do believe it will last way longer but who knows yet as it is a new pump.. :)

It has no way of doing any automation other than the 24/7 internal clock..

If you need a pump to do automation or come on a different RPM's then grab one of these :)

 

pixiedustbelly

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Thanks for the info! The pump was here when we bought the house 8 years ago so I'm not sure how old it is. It looks ancient though so I assume I'll be replacing the whole pump.

I guess I don't need something to handle automation since I have no idea what you mean by that. 😜 Ours was just a single speed pump that we kept running 24/7. We only have a pump and filter.

Question: Would a 3HP pump be overkill since we are used to running a 1HP? Could it be too much for our filter to handle?
 

Texas Splash

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3 HP is a lot, so might be more than you need. That manufacture might have other HP models. If you have no automation and wish to just stick with a simple set-up, you can look at 2-speed pumps so that you can run the motor on low speed most of the time. That might give you more shopping options.
 

Bperry

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You can use any pump if you don’t have automation (a fancy computer controller box that lets you adjust the pump settings from a computer/phone). I’d still recommend a variable speed pump. Being able to dial the speed down is nice and it saves a lot of electricity and is much quieter.
 

cowboycasey

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You could easily run the 3hp pump at 1200 rpm and move almost the same exact amount of water for a fraction of the cost to run the VS pump... running 24/7 would cost about 15 dollars a month give or take a dollar.. :)

you could also get the 1.5 hp version for a 100 bucks cheaper.. :)

 

pixiedustbelly

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May 28, 2015
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Thank you EVERYONE for your help! This website is the first place I turn when I'm in a panic and you guys never disappoint. :love:

I went with the CaliMar 1.5HP VS pump. You just can't beat the price so I figure it's worth a try. 🤞 Thanks for the lead on that, Cowboycasey!!
 

Texas Splash

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I went with the CaliMar 1.5HP VS pump. You just can't beat the price so I figure it's worth a try.
Sure does seem like a good deal. Be sure to check back in next season and let us know how it's performing, reliability, etc.
 
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