I think it is time to replace our pool pump (WhisperFlo Two Speed 1 1/2 Hp 1.47 SF). Our problem began ~ a month ago: a pool pump was not turning on with our spa pump as scheduled, it was making noises as if the system tried to initialize it (IntelliTouch i10+3D), but it would not start. The noise it was making for a few seconds sounded as if there were no water inside of the pump and thatís why it could not start. After several attempts it would turn on. Two day ago the pump started making grinding noises while it was running (which did not happen before). I turned it off manually, waited a little bit and turned it on again. A few minutes later grinding sound came back again and pump shut off. Today I cannot start it at all. IntelliTouch tries to initiate it ~ every 5 minutes or so with no luck.
I understand I was supposed to call for someone as soon as I realized there is a problem, and most likely, it is too late to fix this one.
I think we will end up replacing this pump, but I would like to know which one would suit our system the best. Leslies has Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed Pumps (40023 Pentair Intelliflo SVRS Pump $1,369.99 +tax and 40033Pentair Intelliflo VS Pump w/ Time $1,199.99). I donít know yet how much they will charge for installation and if they give any warranty on labor. I can buy any of these pumps online from a reputable retailer cheaper and not pay taxes, but I have no idea if it is worth the risk. I also donít know who I should use to install it.
Our current pump, WhisperFlo Two Speed 1 1/2 Hp 1.47 SF, does not have enough power to supply water for our SWG when I run it on 1st speed Ė our chlorine generator shows "no water". Will one of these new variable speed pumps be beneficial to us? Iím afraid we may face the same problem when it wonít provide enough power to get water up to our SWG system when we run it with low speed (see photos of our set-up)
Also, if anyone can give me an idea how much I will pay for replacing a pump, please do so.