need some help and advice.
My husband is in Iraq so, I have been doing everything for the pool (which I normally did anyway)
when we moved here within the first two weeks we had a motor problem...at the time it had (I believe) the Hayward Super pump 1hp. The service call was covered under the home warranty. Pool repair guy comes out and slaps on a 34/HP Emerson (model: 1081 frame: 56J) and says its the same motor as the Hayward 1HP. It didn't seem right at the time but, was alone then too and the moving guys were here also delivering our furniture.
so, now its been over a year and a half and the Emerson was doing okay. I starting noticing a very slow leak (its been raining here so did not notice for several weeks). You can't even tell where its dripping from....so I'm guessing gaskets/seal???
the motor started making a odd/stressed noise the last couple days (not very loud) but, you could just tell it sounded just alittle off (but, oddly enough it sounded fine today)
I did call the 1st pool guy that put it on and he was going to come and replace the gasket/seal...and of course he never showed up. i had to call him twice just to get that appointment he flaked on
so, I broke down and called my regular pool guys (they installed our filter and did some plumbing for us). They came out and didn't hear the noise and didn't see the leaking (they did return a hour or so later to double check) and then found it leaking.
Their answer is to slap on a AO smith motor 1hp and the total cost of $490
they said most likely the 1st guy didn't even bother to change out the impeller....so, if I have a 1hp impeller and now a 3/4hp motor is that bad??? they said, it could wear out the motor.
I googled info about up-rated motors vs. full-rated motors and read about horsepower and service factor and how two differnt HP motors could actually be the same....so is that what the first pool guy was talking about???
I need to figure out, should I just go and order a new motor via the internet...I see the A.O. Smith 1hp motor frame: 56J for approx. $158...for some reason I'm thinking it might be just easier to put on a new motor just incase....the challenge of changing gaskets and bearings if needed, would not be my thing (I could save that for hubby)
but, I just don't know about the whole impeller thing...how do I tell if I have a 1hp impeller or 3/4??
and I want to make sure I order the right motor...the current Emerson says 1081. when I search A.O smith motor's they also have a 1081, do I need to get the 1081??
and would you guys even go with the A.O. Smith (2nd pool guys said they are better than the Emerson and are local to our area in Ohio)
or is this issue/project way past me and I should just cough up the $500?? just trying to save every dime so, we can go to Disneyland this Christmas (its the only thing thats really making my kids happy/excited while dad is gone)
okay, sorry this was so long.
thanks for any help and knowledge.