We have a Hayward Super Pump (SP2607X10), came with the house we purchased about 4 years ago. Noticed this year after pool opening it was a bit louder than normal operating noise last few years. Yesterday I shut off the pump so I could vacuum, closed the main drain, plugged one of the two skimmers, and went to turn pump back on-- and it didn't start, just a humming noise. Tried a few more times to fire it up -- at one point the humming stopped and it was just silent. I thought perhaps it was overheating - so I waited a number of hours and tried again -- still just a hum.
Been doing some research and I want to check that there is no debris locking up the impeller (upon initial opening and cleaning there was A TON of leaves and debris that got pushed into the pump basket and had to be cleaned out multiple times, and I noticed cracks in the basket itself where small debris could escape.) And if that doesn't lead anywhere - I was thinking of checking the capacitor itself with a multimeter to see if that's gone bad.
Is there anything else I should be checking? I'm not a handyman what-so-ever but would prefer to get this up and running on my own before replacing the pump motor as a whole if possible.
Also -- will I be able to disconnect the unions from the current pump after turning off electricity, and drain the pump without having to do anything else -- I've never removed the pump from the filter and intake/output pipes before but obviously will need to in order to work on it. I don't want to end up with water pouring out endlessly somewhere if I missed something.