I have just purchased a home that has an inground SW pool. It desperately needed a new liner. Had an installer do this job, and then is set to help me get it up and running. Liner is in and pool is now full, but the pump isn't working.
Installer says it's "locked up" and will put a new one and new shaft seal in for $460. It's a Hayward 3/4 HP.
I have a tendency to prefer fixing what I can myself in the time I have.
I did a quick google search and found enough information to disassemble the pump, and get the impeller, diffuser, etc. off.
Motor looks rough, lots of white corrosion and brown rust. House was a foreclosure and judging by the look of the pool it's been more than a year since it was used.
My questions: is there a way I can tell whether the bearings or something internal is locked up vs. just needing a new shaft seal and maybe a capacitor?
OR - should I bite the bullet and just have the installer put one in?
3rd question: the pool just finished filling with hose water (city water) today, so how long do I have to get this figured out before I start having problems with it not having the salt, etc. it needs?