Swimming pools which have been upgraded to a Pentair Intelliflo are much more energy efficient and eco-friendly than those using single speed pool pumps. Many times the installation can be tedious since this is such a powerful and technological pump. We will guide you through the process so you can enjoy a lower energy consumption from your pool.
You will obviously need to take out your current pump in order to replace it with your new setup. The variable speed pump is large so make sure that it will fit on your equipment pad, dimensions can be found on Pentair's product brochure. When choosing a location for the installation, choose one that is out of the elements as much as possible. The electronics are very delicate, so you want to keep as much water out of the motor and control box as possible.
Make sure that the electrical wiring can handle the amp draw of the Pentair Intelliflo when operating at high speed to circulate the maximum amount of swimming pool water. Having faulty wiring can cause shorts and can ever damage the sensitive electronics. Now there would be a good time to also check the breakers. At full speed this pump draws 16 amps at 220 volts.
When you are ready to redo the plumbing, check the suction and pressure lines for any bad glue joints or unnecessary flow restrictions. Air can be drawn into the plumbing if there are faulty connections on the suction line which can cause the pump to operate poorly or even fail to prime. Bad joints on the pressure side will cause water to leak out. Always use unions attached to the pool pump so that you can make up for minor errors in your plumbing and also so the pump and motor can be removed without having to cut it out of the plumbing. Be prepared to let the glue and silicone dry for a fair amount of time.
The Pentair Intelliflo has a very complex control system. Before you run the pump, make sure to read the manual so you will have a better idea on how the pump operates. Since this is a variable speed pump the greatest energy savings are accomplished by running the pool motor at the lowest possible speed. Typically, you should circulate the entire amount of swimming pool water for sanitization reasons. Some choose to run the pump at a higher speed for around an hour in order to clean the surface water better.