When I turn on my pool pump, it makes a very loud vibrating / grinding noise for a few seconds and shuts off. It has been making a grinding noise at startup for as long as I've had this house/pool; over one year. It was also probably louder than normal while running after startup, but this is the only pool I have any experience with, so I am not sure.
Info on pump:
Looking at the pump motor, I noticed a cap was loose, so I took it off and it had grease in it. This is probably not normal...
I should also probably mention that my concrete pad is in terrible shape. This is could be causing vibration issues, but the pump seems to be pretty stable (when trying to shake/move it).
I've just started to do my own research online, but I don't have much time to take action since I don't want to go without a working pump for more than a few days.
I am looking for any advice about what could be wrong with my pump and what my options may be. As far as I can tell, my options are:
1. Repair the pump motor myself
2. Replace the pump motor myself
3. Pay someone to repair the pump motor
4. Pay someone to replace the pump motor
5. Replace the entire pump myself
6. Pay someone to replace the entire pump
I have heard that 2-speed pumps could potentially save a lot of electricity, so I'd like to consider that option.
Please help me get this fixed so my pool can continue to look like this! I know it won't for long without circulation/filtering in this Texas heat!