I recently tried to fire up my heater (Pentair Minimax NT 400) and the blower never started.. eventually I got a blower error.
I removed the blower fan to look for obstructions (the motor was getting warm) and low and behold the fan wheel squirrel cage was rusted and pretty much disintegrated!!!
I removed the rusted parts of the wheel and the base plate spun smoothly. I started the heater and the fan motor spins! Yea!
It seems Pentair only sells a blower assembly (motor + fan wheel + enclosure ) and pool stores have them starting about $350. Since I know my motor is good, does anyone sell just the fan wheel?
Some google searches point to a Fasco 1-6143, but the picture doesn't look right (which may just be a stock photo, since it doesn't seem to match the description). Also, most places that seem to sell it ($20-$50) don't seem to sell retail. (minimum quantities, request a quote, etc)
Is that the right part? Anyone ever replace one?