I think my skimmers got too full of leaves and caused the pump to start taking in air. At some point the thermal protection kicked in, but now I can't get the pump to prime.
When I turn it on, the motor starts but doesn't sound normal (has kind of a whine that gets more high-pitched the longer it's on). The water in the pump basket is sucked out but doesn't seem to have the power to prime. It only runs about 5-10 seconds before the thermal protection shuts it off again.
Because of my schedule right now, I'm leaning toward getting someone out to look at it. Any recommendations in the Houston area? The Pool Man in Tomball did a remodel for us a few years ago so I could call them, but am open to other suggestions.
Also, what are the chances the pump/motor are going to be salvageable? Or am I likely looking at replacing them? The equipment is at least 5 years old, but I haven't had any problems before now.