I'm fairly new at this, so just go with me if I'm not sure what some of this stuff is called. I've done a little research online, so that helps a bit...
-3 returns (one functions as a line for an auto pool vacuum)
~41 Average Feet of Head (from my very elementary calculations).... this was a stat I read about on a website... said I needed it to pick out a pump.
-My pump has a leak in the bottom of it... the previous owners attempted to repair it with putty. It's still leaking.
Pool guy looked at it and suggested that we just replace it because it's kind of old. It's a waterway Mustang 1HP pump. He also said that I could just buy the wet end of that pump and replace that, but that the motor sounded like it was whining a little bit anyway... I found that piece (the wet end) online for $250 (shipped).
However, I also found this pump (Pentair 1.5 HP) on Amazon for $300.
So, should I replace the wet end of the pump or buy a new one?
Also, is Pentair a reliable brand? And on this site from what I read in the Pool Pump FAQ, I think I only need like a 3/4 HP pump. The pool guy said he always recommends 1.5HP and I know it could just be a sales tactic, but I've currently got a 1HP and I don't want to make it run less efficiently.
Pool pump leaks.
Buy new ($300) or repair ($250)?
If buy new, buy Pentair?
How many HP? 1? 1.5? 3/4?
Thanks in advance for any help.