Well, it happened to me for the second time....ants built a mound into my 1hp pool pump.
It was tripping the breaker. I cleaned away the mound and got the ants out of the electronics and now I get the dreaded hum, but not starting. I also blasted water into the vent openings to clear out the mud.
I have executed my "Plan B", and moved the feature pump into position as the filter pump. Out of harms way for now, but I want to consider more a economical main pump, if I cannot fix the one I have pulled out.
So, 2 questions:
1. Is my current pump dead? I plan to rip it apart later to see if I can clean out more mud to get it to run.
2. Leslie's claims the Hayward EcoStar pump saves $1500 in electricity per year. That's $125/month. I read here that it also features freeze protection, which sounds cool. Has anyone tracked their energy savings from this pump? Cost is $1300 at Leslie's.