I started losing a bit of water and I see that there is water dripping off the pad that my pump is on. It looks like the pump is leaking at the bottom, but I can't tell exactly where. The top of the pump looks like a little bit of rust from within the metal sleeve. There is a little bit of corrosion where the pump meets the housing... it may be leaking around there.
The pump is otherwise running just fine. Is a leaky pump at this age worth fixing? I am handy and not afraid to take something apart. A new Hayward Super II Pump 1HP is $579 at Pinch A Penny. If I remember right, I bought this on line for quite a bit cheaper than retail back in 2003, so I figure the Pinch a Penny price is the *most* I would ever pay for it. What maintenance can I do to extend the life of the pump?
If I did have to buy a new pump, what are some good options? This is a typical in ground, marcite surface, chlorine shock and chips, 15x30 rectangle with 8 1/2' deep round, 3 1/2' shallow (?17000 gallons?), 2 returns.