I've got a WFE-3 Whisperflo Filter and Pool Pump (3/4 HP, 3450RPM, R56Y Frame Type)...
I went to empty the strainer basket, yesterday, and sadly the basket was melted at the bottom and there was very little flow coming out of the exit port. Somehow, it lost it's prime and eventually damaged the bearings, impeller and seals, I suspect.
Question: Can I get away with replacing just the motor or do you think I need to replace the whole pump motor and filter assembly. The filter strainer got hot enough to actual melt the bottom half of the strainer basket...I'm concerned if the excessive heat could have done some damage on the filter side of the pump.
Quesion 2: If I can simply replace the motor, can you tell me what other components need to be replaced (seals, etc)? Is there a specific rebuild kit to buy when just replacing the motor on these Whisperflos?
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