My Emerson 1 1/2 HP is making noise. Sounds like someone else's issue and the research I've done is either bearings or something is going. In any case. I think I can replace the motor for $200-$300 if I hunt for a good price. However, it cost a TON to run last year (first year we've owned this house) and I'm eyeing the Hayward EcoPump that supposedly is 90% more effecient. That pump I think I can get for $1000. So I ask you, what would you do, is it worth it? How good is that ecopump? Also should I let the pump keep making noise? Pressure and everything seem just fine and there is no air in there, I've bled and checked numerous times (no air bubbles either to indicate a leak). Furthermore, it sounds different than air, it sounds mechanical, like it needs oil or something. Strangely, pressure is just fine.
Attaching a picture of the pump. If you really want I can record the sound tomorrow if that helps.
ANY HELP is appreciated. I really want to keep using this pool but $1000 is a lot of money for me to spend.