I just opened my pool this weekend and went to start the pump today and it is not working. It does make an electrical hum, so I figure it is seized or has some other issue. It was in my basement this winter and I did have a serious flood (11 inches on Christmas Day!), but did get the water out that day. My pump is the original from when the pool was installed, a 1 horsepower 1984 Doughboy Power Pack 1. It's on it's second or third motor. I have had various issues with it, from time to time, and have replaced the power cord at least 3 times.
I suppose I could get this fixed or a new motor if it is totally gone, but I wonder about a new pump. I've read about the two speed pumps and saving on electricity would be good. Aside from electrical savings are modern pumps a big advantage? Do they work more efficiently or move the water better? If I run a two speed pump on low is there a possibility of circulation issues? I've read of people with oval above grounds with one return having issues on the far end with circulation. That is not a problem with my current pump.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on a possible new pump I would appreciate the advice. Thanks.