We've been running our pump 24/7 having come back from a lot of traveling and opening the very pool late. We just finished getting everything stabilized but the pump has been very loud. Just yesterday it started to get even louder and smell. I noticed the label getting a little brown. I'm sure it's just a day or two away from a burn out.
There is a very tiny leak coming from it somewhere because the concrete beneath it is just slightly wet. Nothing dramatic. It isn't near the other equipment so I'm not going to blame the other stuff. No dripping seen from the connections.
With all of this going on, can anyone offer advice/experience on the next best step? We're in NW Ohio so the pool is not open year-round. I can replace the motor with a like-for-like single speed 1 HP for $160. An energy efficient motor is closer to $200. Because of the leak and the heat generated leading up to imminent failure, is the collateral damage not worth just the motor?
The Super Pump is at least 10 years old so I'm wondering if technology has advanced enough to justify replacing the whole unit. The confusing part there is I see whole units for the same price as the motor and all the way up.
I have Amazon Prime and a Leslie's close by. I can last a few days if I need to. If I have to make a change, I'd rather do something that is going to be beneficial for a while, potentially save electricity, but not require four years for electrical payback.