Into the third season of pool ownership, and I'm just having a heck of a time finding trustworthy, dependable & affordable pool equipment dealers. Up here in SE WI, there aren't a lot of options. Most places won't touch a pool if they didn't install it -- leaving only two or three dealer options.
The latest saga is what I thought was a simple old pump replacement with a new Pentair IntelliFlo VST.
Looking at 011018 or 011055. Amazon, & internet running around $800-900. Not sure I can even find anyone to sell me a 011055, but first the story.
Quote I received to:
- Remove old pump
- Install new pump
- Required minimal pipe rework
- Labor, travel etc.
Was..... just under $3000. $3000! (No electric included. Drop it in, hook it up.)
I guess my question is two parts. 1) Is this normal, and do I just need to reset my expectations around markup and labor? 2) Should I just do this myself, save a ton of money with the understanding of no real warranty from Pentair? Heck. I can buy three of the pumps, have two spares and still be ahead.
I'll be getting another quote, but like I said... only a few options. Most seem similar, with the same outrageous markup.
P.S. I'm handy, and can probably figure this out. And I have a trustworthy electrician and plumber to fall back on.
P.P.S. I won't even bother to share the quote I got to repaint the pool. I could vomit.