It's time to replace the original SuperFlo 1.5 HP original pool pump. I've gotten ten years out of it, and it's showing signs of surrender with leaking seals and loudness. Rather than repair, I'd love to replace with a variable speed pump. Since I've had good luck with the original, I'd like to stick with Pentair.
My pool is 16 x 38 with 3 1/2 foot shallow end and 9 foot deep end. ( approx 28,000 gallons) I also have 4 fountains operated by a simple diverter valve. Setup is a Tagelus sand filter, 2 skimmers, 2 inlets and the 4 previously mentioned fountains that we run on occasion.
What I'm confused about is all of these different models that Pentair offers. I see VS, VF, XF, SFVT and all of these different models and have zero clue what they mean and which would suit my needs. It's hard to tell which one is basic, fancy, and/or an old model or a new one. Since these are pretty expensive, I plan on shopping the heck out of it and want to zero in on the model(s) that's best for our setup.
What I do know is that rather than go with the 1.5HP Superflo model, I'd likely prefer the 3HP Intelliflo. The thought process on that is a stronger unit being used more gently will equal less wear and tear and longer pump life - and still get great energy savings. I'm interested in everyone's thoughts on that as well.
Thanks in advance for any help!