Will a 2 or VS motor save me $?
The bearings are shot on my my 3 hp AO Smith B131 motor for the second time in 15 years. I'm wondering if I should look for something more "efficient." I've got a 36,00 gallon gunnite pool, 2" inner diameter throughout, with 2 zone Jandy floor cleaning system, spa, Triton TR100 sand filter, Aquapur salt, Sta-Rite SR400HD heater, Aqualink RS. The pump is Hayward 3025AQ. I have historically run the floor cleaning system in lieu of the surface returns primarily because it does an excellent job of distributing the heat. I also found that after I switched salt that I had to run the system more than when I used bromine to avoid algae -- at least 12 hours a day. Question is, will a two, multi or VS/VF motor work for me, or do I have to run at such high pressure all the time that there's little savings to be had (As I understand it, a VS motor uses more energy flat out than a single speed). Also, can I keep the pump or would it need to be replaced, too.Thanks!