My current pump screams at me every time it turns on. It's gotten so bad my neighbor actually came over to check and make sure everything was okay. The pump label has worn off completely, but in the right light I think I was able to decipher the markings. It is a Hayward Northstar Pump, I believe model SP4000ZL1, and the motor I believe is the SP1610-Z-1-MNS, if that sounds correct.
My pool has six returns in the main pool, 6 or 7 jets in the raised hot tub, a spillover waterfall, two skimmers, and the main drain with two drains connected at the bottom of the pool.
I don't believe I need a two speed or variable speed motor, as my electricity is so cheap it isn't worth the extra cost (8.3/kwh). I tried to buy the same pump I already had, but was told the Northstar was old and had troubles and I wouldn't be able to find one. I was pointed towards the Hayward Tristar (SP3215EE). I believe this one has a 1.5 HP and 1.6 SF for THP of 2.4. I believe my old pump was a 1.5 HP, 1.25 SF for a THP of 1.875. Would this be an acceptable replacement pump? Any issues I should be aware of with the Tristar?
I would like to attempt to replace the pump myself, which will take some plumbing. I'm confident I can cut/glue the PVC as I've done this before, but I have zero experience with electrical work. I'm assuming this will need to be hard wired to the timer, which appears to be how the old pump is hooked up. Is it as simple as connecting the ground, then hooking up the two wires?
Thanks for any help.