I have an ~15,000 gal above ground pool (33' x 18' oval) in central Texas and have had two pumps fail in the past year or so. The first, a Hayward Power-Flow Matrix single speed model SP1593FP which lasted ~3 years before the motor died, and the second a Hayward Power-Flow Matrix dual speed model SP15932S which lasted ~1 year before the motor froze. I'm guessing part of the issue is that I don't live here full time, and the pumps have been off for 2-3 months at a time in the hot/humid Texas summers, and the shaft (and internals) may have rusted.
I have a few questions.
- Is Hayward a reliable pump?
- Is it better to replace the motor (using a repair shop), or buy a new pump?
- What pump would you suggest for this pool? I'm still leaning dual speed, but want something more reliable.
- Have I contributed to the pump failure by not running the pump for a few months at a time?