My Pentair 2.2hp pump made a loud, screechy noise yesterday, and it appears to have stopped working properly. It comes on, makes a high pitch spin noise, but I dont see water pumping into the filter basket. This pump, model MPEA6G-155L is from 2001 I believe. I've wanted to change to a more efficient and quieter one, and perhaps this is my chance.
1) Replace motor? I've read it can cost as much as a new pump altogether.
2) Get new pump
A) Do i need to stay with 2HP? I have 18k gallon inground pool. My existing piping into and out of the pump is 2", so does that dictate what
pump I get? Or I can get a smaller pump and get newer, smaller piping, right?
B) Which brand? I guess a matter of choice and budget. I would like to stay in the $500-600 range.
C) Variable speed? Perhaps too pricey since most are over $1k.
At the end of the day, I'm looking for an efficient, quiet pump in the $600 range.