My Hayward Ecostar VSP pump is stalled. If I do a reset, it clicks a couple of times and then displays the stall message.
I drained the pump and pulled the basket out and then (after shutting off the power) I put my hand in the pump and was able to reach the impeller. I've read that it should "spin freely." My definition of spin freely is that, like a fan, if you give a push to a blade, the fan will spin several times. My impeller does not do that. I can push the blades and they move. I manually pushed the blades about 3/4 of a revolution. I don't know if this means the impeller is jammed or not.
I have tried cutting power to the pump for several minutes thinking the control circuit might need to reboot. I took off the cover that protects the wiring and things looked good (and dry). The display shows no sign of water leakage. I tried starting it at various speeds. I rerouted the pump output to a drain-to-waste pipe to make sure something upstream wasn't creating a lot of backpressure. I've tried switching the pump between the pool and the spa. I don't know what else to try.
From posts I have found here and elsewhere, it sounds like the 2 common problems with this pump are the motor and the drive. I am not much of a handyman when it comes to something like disassembling and reassembling a pump. The pump is 3 1/2 years old. If it is not something relatively easy to fix, I am thinking it may be best to just replace it.
Would appreciate feedback from the experts here.