My wife and I took a weeks vacation recently and my mother-in-law house-sat. We have had a slow leak in the pool and she was instructed to keep an eye on it and fill it if needed. Well, she completely forgot and the skimmer basket and pump ran completely bone dry...most likely for several hours. It was still running (dry) when I got home and the pump was so hot that when I poured water into the pump basket STEAM actually came out...I am not kidding.
This pump (Hayward super pump) isn't even a full season old...I am absolutely sick over it. I am still so de-motivated by this I havent even tried to check the damage...honestly I don't see how there COULDNT be damage.
I am going to close the pool, but will check the pump for leaks before I do. Obviously I am looking for leaks from the seals I assume, but when a pump gets that hot I would think plastics could warp, etc. Anything else I should look for? How difficult is a DIY Hayward seal replacement?
Any tips/tricks/similar horror stories would help.