We had a pool done in Nov 2012, installation included Intelli pro VS-3050 pump. About a year and half after installation the LED screen on the pump went black. Not sure what that part is called but since we purchased 3 pcs of Pentair equipment it was covered under warranty and was replaced free of charge. Fast forward to about a week ago, I hear a loud whirring coming from the pump. Our pool guy says it's the motor. I've had pools before and have never had a motor go out so quickly. Today I got down and looked underneath the motor. See attached photos. Not sure what I"m looking at, but it's all encrusted in something. Not sure if there was a leak where it attaches to the basket part. I have no idea. The pool guy says we should install a new motor at about $500. I'm not sure if I should do that with the way this looks underneath. We do have an Intelliclor Salt generator as well. Is that salt I'm looking at? I'm embarrassed to say I really don't know what the deal is. I'm hoping that someone on here can take a look at these photos and give me a good guess as to what they think may have happened.
Thanks in advance.