I recently had an Intelliflo VSF pump and a Solartouch solar heat controller installed for my pool (these replaced an existing pump and solar controller). I think everything is now setup and working almost as I want it to work, but I'm having a problem with it obeying the schedules I have when the Solartouch takes over control. I also have an MX-8 pool cleaner, and I'd like the system to run at a higher RPM to properly operate the cleaner for the last hour of every day.
Right now I have the system set to run:
Program 1 - 10am-4pm - 1500 RPM (filtering)
Program 2 - 4:01pm - 5pm - 3200 RPM (cleaning/skimming)
EXT Program 4 - 3100 RPM (Solar Hold)
The problem is that when the Solar Hold ends, while it is in the Solar On period, it defaults to running EXT Program 2 (which I currently have set to 1500 RPM). In this case, if the solar heat is on between 4pm and 5pm, I would not get my higher RPM cleaning period. Is there any way to use the Solar Hold feature to get the water up to the solar collectors on the roof but then go back to the standard programming after that?
I was also thinking - would it be better to run the pump in a set flow mode? My thinking is that when the solar valve opens, the pump would automatically increase the RPM as necessary to maintain the GPM and get the water to the roof, and then it would spool back down once it was no longer needed. Is this true?