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    Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    Hi everyone!

    This is my first post for a couple years now. My pool has been running great this season, but a few weeks ago my pump started a very slow drip from somewhere underneath. It was such a small amount I did not worry about it. This morning when I turned my pump on it was more like a faucet was left partially on.

    I tried sealing up the area it seemed to be coming from..waiting for it to dry now so I can go on vacation tomorrow without worrying too much.

    Im thinking it may be time for a new pump as I can only assume this was the original pump and it is pretty old. I am looking for recommendations on a new pump. I don't need anything fancy, just something equivalent or slightly better than what is currently installed. There are so many options out there I really don't know where to start.
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    21K gal, IG vinyl, 1HP WhisperFlo pump, 36 SQ. ft. Nautilus DE filter

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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    Where is the leak? Is it in the area of the seal between the wet end and the dry motor end? All you may need is to replace the seal.
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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    I haven't been able to figure it out exactly where its coming from and I don't know too much about pool equipment. It seems to be coming from between the white and black part underneath so that may be what you are referring to. It's possible it may have rusted the paint is chipping off from that area.
    21K gal, IG vinyl, 1HP WhisperFlo pump, 36 SQ. ft. Nautilus DE filter

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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    Certainly would appear to be a leak in the seal and not actually anything wrong mechanically with the pump then. Seal kits are about $25 - $40 and you could certainly do it yourself or see if a pool service company could do it for you if you're not comfortable. Even a reputable plumber could do the repair if you ordered the part.
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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    You need a new shaft seal. As long as the pump is running fine there is no need to replace it.

    This video shows how to replace the shaft seal. How To: Replace a Pool Motor Shaft Seal - YouTube
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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    Thanks for the help guys! I am having a pool company come out tomorrow morning. I am leaving for vacation tomorrow so I don't have time to try to fix it myself and theres too much leaking to leave it all week.
    21K gal, IG vinyl, 1HP WhisperFlo pump, 36 SQ. ft. Nautilus DE filter

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    Re: Pump leaking. Time for a new one?

    Sounds good. Be firm and tell them you want the seal replaced, not to just for them to gouge you for a new pump.

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