Last year was the first year we had our home with the pool. When we bought it the owners said the pump was new 3-4- years ago. Halfway through the summer of course it started making a terrible racket. We were using the same pool guy the PO had been for years.
He rebuilt the pump but was busy so I installed it myself using instructions he provided. It had a very small leak around the seal and I believe they came and fixed that. Fast forward a month and the pump blows again. He came back and took the pump to a local shop and had them rebuild it this time. He re-installed the pump and seal saying it went bad because I did a crappy job installing it. Funny thing was when he re-did the work it leaked worse than before. There was plenty of evidence it had leaked before and for some time. I wondered how in a few weeks my small leak ( a few drops a min) could have destroyed the pump.
I asked several times for the pool service owner to call me about the leaking shaft seal to no avail.
When I opened my pool this year (without said pool guy) I took a picture of the nose of the motor which was pretty badly rusted. I cleaned up the shaft and replaced the seal with one I bought. I have not had a drop of leakage. I just got back from a two week work trip and now the sound of the pump has changed again. Its not screaming like last year but its not right either.
I believe I am going to ask the pool guy to cut me a refund for the work he did on it last year and buy a new pump. I have been reading about variable speed pumps and two speed pumps and not sure what to do.
I have a Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II pump with the cleaner basket and the motor is a 1 1/2hp full rated motor. I want to price out some options but could use some help. The pool is 18-20K in ground as in my signature. I have a heater and we are running a caretaker system.
I currently have a Intermatic timer running 12 hrs a day which seems to be doing just fine. In the mail I received 2 new tangs for the time so I will split the run time into two four or six hour shifts.
Thanks for any direction you all might have. I do not want to replace the pump and everything just need options for the motor.