New Filter and Pump

by Stephanie
(Heyworth )

I have a Doughboy above ground pool, 24' X 4', and the pump and filter is old. Is the Intex brand pump and Filter compatible for this size pool?

I have found one for 24 foot pools but don't want to waste my time if it is not compatible. It is smaller that what we have now, we have a Jaccuzzi filter and Sta-Rite pump but to replace these is outrageous, the pool was given to us, and is older, so some of the parts I have not been able to find. Any suggestions?

Hi Stephanie.

You do need to be careful about replacing the equipment with an inadequate system that will make keeping your pool clean a real problem.

I recommend that anyone who buys an inexpensive starter pool should look into upgrading their filter system as one of their first investments. Inexpensive pool packages usually start with an ineffective filter system.

The ideal system would be a two speed pump, going from 1/2 or 3/4 to 1 or 1 1/2 hp. Two speed pumps are the best, most energy effective way of keeping a pool clean. The filter can be either sand, cartridge or DE, as long as the capacity matches the hp of the pump.

That size pool, with a one speed pump, should have either a 1 hp or a 1 1/2 hp system. I would not go with anything smaller. You might try learning a little more about filter systems and looking around a little more.

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Need A New Pool Pump

by Sherri
(Okeene, OK USA)

We have a 24' Doughboy and need a new pump, I think I need a 1 1/2 hp but want to verify that before ordering and for some reason can’t find a chart.

Hi Sherri.

Over the years pump HP has increased so it would depend on the age of you system. Years ago a 3/4 HP pump was more than adequate for a 24' pool. Then they decided a 1 HP would be better, and in the last five years or so it's been all a 1 1/2 HP.

I think there are two reasons for the increase in pump HP. First of all, all companies want to stay competitive. If one company is selling 1 1/2 HP pumps with all of their pools, a company with maybe a far better system with a 3/4 HP just does not sound nearly as good.

Another reason has been the increasing use of automatic pool cleaners. They tend to run better and do a better job with the extra HP. The cleaners may pick up the dirt better, but the filters do not clean the water as well with the higher HP. With most sand filters, unless it is huge, a 1 1/2 HP pump pushes the water through the filter to fast for optimum cleaning.

The best system is a two speed pump with a low and high setting. The filter works better on the low setting and the high can be used for cleaning, backwashing and other maintenance tasks.

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