I just bought a house with a pool, and before I've even had the chance to stick anything other than my toes in it, I've got a problem! After the storms we had last week, I noticed my pump was making a different sound than it had the day before. Sure enough, there was some serious grinding going on, and after a few more minutes, some smoke too. Now, I'm no pool genius (that's why I come to you brilliant people!), but I know that if it grinds and smokes, it's bad.
I called a pool guy, and he said my bearings were shot. So it looks as if I have 3 choices: 1) Replace the bearings, 2) replace the motor, or 3) replace the whole pump. Pool Guy thinks that I should replace the whole pump with a 1.5hp WhisperFlo, which he would do for $850.
So, I have a few questions for all of you, and they all seem like they're intertwined, so I'm hoping that I can draw on your collective experience. I know that replacing the bearings would be the cheapest option, at least upfront. Since we've only been in the house for a few weeks, I don't know how much electricity we're using, but I know that there are more efficient pumps available. As much as I don't want to spend loads of money, I understand that spending now could save me in the long run. Should I choose door 1, 2, or 3? And if 2 or 3, what would be an appropriate replacement for what I have?
Feel free to ask any questions that might help clarify my original question, and thanks in advance!
20000 Gallon plaster IG, 14x31, Hayward DE4820 filter, Hayward multiport main, Hayward 3/4hp motor on a R5750 pump. Kreepy Krauly cleaner. 2 inch lines, pump is 15 feet from pool, all in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, California.