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    Hey everybody, Sorry to not spend the time searching for previous articles on pumps but I got home from a trip last night and leave on another one Tuesday and need to replace my pump ASAP since it is toast (actually burned my hand when I touched the side of it.) Here are a couple of pictures of my equipment but I really need recommendations on what to get. This pump has been replaced before by my home warranty and I will not go that route again since it was loud and junk from day one. My pool is a big bathtub at only 11,800 gallons with SWG.

    Thanks in advance,
    Francisco

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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    You have a Pentair Whisperflo pump, which actually is a good pump. It looks like only the motor was only replaced because the original motor was tan also. That replacement motor could have been a cheapie. My recommendations are to get a better motor or replace the whole pump with the same kind, unless you want to go to a Variable Speed Pump, which are more expensive but very energy efficient. All depends on your wallet.

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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by OldPoolMan View Post
    You have a Pentair Whisperflo pump, which actually is a good pump. It looks like only the motor was only replaced because the original motor was tan also. That replacement motor could have been a cheapie. My recommendations are to get a better motor or replace the whole pump with the same kind, unless you want to go to a Variable Speed Pump, which are more expensive but very energy efficient. All depends on your wallet.
    Thank you. Right now I'm going to have to just replace the motor (AC died as well!) Any recommendations on motors and where to get them from. The ranges I see are all over the place and I have no way to tell where to focus. I'd like to order off of amazon but I have to get the motor by tomorrow or Monday latest so I can replace it before my trip.

    Thanks again,

    Francisco
    11.8k gallon inground plaster pool; 3'-5' depth; one skimmer; two returns;
    Whisper Flow WF-28; AquaRite T-15 SWG; no heater

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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    I would look at getting a 2 speed motor like the Pentair 2 HP Two Speed Motor 071321S

    also, add bleach daily to your pool to maintain FC, brush it or swim to keep it mixed up. That way you won't have a dead pump and a swamp.
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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    Check Poolplaza.com they sell replacement motors, complete pumps, and pump parts etc. They are based in Dallas, but I don't know if they have a brick and mortar store front or weekend hours

    p.s. looking at their web page, they have saturday hours and same day delivery available in the metroplex
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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    Pool pump motors are not rare and sacred objects. You should be able to get one, at a reasonable discount, from your local electric motor shop. You'll pay tax, but no shipping and there is a good chance they will have it in stock.

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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    As stated, you can probably get by with just a motor (looks like a 2 HP 1.1 SF on the label - so make sure the new motor matches or exceeds that) . Or you can get a replacement pump - but a 2HP pump is just way oversized unless you have some water features like a spa, etc.
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    Re: Dead Pump advice HELP!

    Just wanted to tell everybody thanks again. Luckily before I just went and bought a new pump I tried it again and this time heard the humming of the capacitor. One quick and (relatively) inexpensive change and we are golden.

    Francisco
    11.8k gallon inground plaster pool; 3'-5' depth; one skimmer; two returns;
    Whisper Flow WF-28; AquaRite T-15 SWG; no heater

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