I made this post here last night with the anticipation that I would be posting some questions soon:
I just didn't know that I'd be posting questions in less than 12 hours. Unfortunately sometime in the night, my pump gave up the ghost and died. It had been making noises like the bearings were going soon so I was anticipating this failure. We inherited the pool from the previous home owner and their maintenance schedule seemed somewhat lacking. The Lexan cover on the pump was cracked and allowing air into the system. That was changed and fixed the air problem, but the pump had run lean on water a few times by the time I discovered that issue. The pump is also 15ish years old and I know they don't run forever.
I just shocked the pool yesterday and added new tabs to it, so I'm good on chlorine. That and the cooler water temp (not much direct sun right now) should keep the water clear and buy me some time but I don't want to be down for any more than a month at most.
So... The question is...
Should I replace the motor only or the whole pump?
If I do only the motor, do I go OEM, or are there other motor manufacturers out there?
Can I upgrade to a more efficient motor? I know appliance efficiency doubles every 10 to 12 years so I'm hoping that applies to pools too.
I've looked at the variable rate / variable flow pumps and motors. Mine is connected to an in ground pool cleaning system with pop up heads that sweep the pool (Care Taker 99). I think lower flow would mean lower pressure and may mean that I need the full flow rate to make the cleaner work.
Obviously if budget were no issue I'd go slap on a $2000 pump and have it installed. Since there is a budget, I'll be doing the install myself and rolling that savings into the pump or motor.
Your astute wisdom and feedback is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Many thanks in advance!