I went to open this past weekend and my pump was seized. I turned off the power, reached through the strainer area and attempted to turn the impeller. It would not turn. I took the back off the pump and attempted to turn the screw which turns the motor and could not. Anyways, I'm taking it to a pool store today to see if it can be repaired or if I should replace it. As you can see from the pictures it's a Hayward Super Pump, but the sticker is gone so I have no idea the HP. I was reading on the Hayward site and did the calculations, I should have a 1/2HP pump based on my pool size and 8.75 ft of head. I had to remove the pump from the plumbing because all of the bolts holding the motor side to the wet side were completely rusted and unmovable. My questions...
1. Does this pump look worthy of repair, or should I just replace, if so, does the 1/2HP sound right?
2. If I were to replace, ideally I'd get a VS pump, but that's just not in the budget now. Is a $50 timer a worthy investment?
3. My plumbing looks extremely simple. We bought this house with the equipment and I'm slowly seeing the previous owners cut corners everywhere. Is this plumbing sufficient? Are there areas of improvement?