I bought my home 4 years ago and with it came a 25' above ground pool.
My pump motor has failed. When I plug it into an outlet with a GFCI, it pops immediately. When I plug it into a regular outlet, it either throws the breaker immediately, or in one case, smoke and sparks started coming from the plug. A few mishaps last season and this season, including a major leak that caused it to suck air for 12 hours led to its early demise. It gave up the ghost a couple of weeks after I fixed the leak, and was getting noisier each day before it failed.
The previous homeowner had a 2HP motor on the pump. Probably upsold by the pool builder. Or maybe he was Tim Allen.
I was looking at replacement motors, knowing that 2HP is way too much for a 25'x52" AGP. It looks as if a 1.5HP motor is going to run around $225, if I install it myself. I am not real handy, and am a bit worried about replacing seals, dealing with leaks, etc. I have replaced hoses and the o-ring for the pump basket, and a few other minor things in the past.
While pricing motors, I found this on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Hayward-SP1580X15 ... 477&sr=8-3
That is a very similar pump to what I have, I have some kind of Hayward Power-Flo with a 2HP A.O. Smith motor.
So, for less money than a replacement motor, I can replace my whole pump, and save the old pump to scavenge for spare parts.
What would you do? I don't understand how it is possible to replace my entire pump for less money than a replacement motor. Do you think this is fully assembled? Would it just be a matter of pulling the hoses from the old pump, moving it, and hooking up the hoses and electricity to the new pump?
I know I would be better off with a two speed motor, but I can't afford one right now. Maybe next season?