Lots of rain down and lightning down here in Florida last night with the remnants of Tropical Storm Erica. I wanted to pump some water out of my pool this morning.
I have a Pentair WFDS-30 2-speed pool pump. When it turned it on it was unusually loud but was draining the pool. After about 10 minutes I smelled the bad electrical smell coming from the pump. By the time I got over to it there was a little smoke coming from the back and then it hit the thermal protection and shut off automatically. No popped circuit breakers at the main panel. The motor housing was hot to the touch especially at the end farthest from the pump. I let everything cool for ten minutes and then turned it back on. As soon as I did there was, again, smoke coming from the motor and it sounded bad. I immediately shut it back down.
As background, this is a one year new to me pool/house where the previous owners maintained nothing. This appears to be the second motor on the pump. I estimate the pump was originally installed with the pool in 2003. No idea about the current motor. The motor has been getting more noisy lately and is usually hot to the touch when running.
So the question is, do I replace the motor only ($250 on Amazon), replace the pump and motor with an identical unit ($825), or go the variable speed route ($890 Amazon)? Or, could it be something else?
As I have no circulation I'm going to have to do something quickly besides adding bleach.