My Hayward RS1000 1.5HP pump started leaking from the seal and then the noise grew to a constant high pitch. I pulled the motor with the plan to replace the bearings and seals and couldn't get it totally apart. One small screw that holds the plate covering the front bearing is rusted and would need to be sheared off and re-tapped. Not what I want to do. I really never liked the pump so I'm glad to see it go. I put it back together and will reinstall it to buy some time.
My frustration with the pump was when I used my four 4x20 Fafco Solar Bear panels. They only seem to work with all water diverted to solar, and so the flow in the rest of the pool was too slow to send debris to the skimmer. We have tons of trees, leaves, etc. I guess the issue is not enough head pressure, maybe not enough HP. We have no other water features. 1 drain, 1 skimmer, 2 returns. I use a robot cleaner. I run the pump 10 hours a day year round. I could do it for less time but it helps keep debris from settling to bottom.
I like the idea of a 2 speed motor. I don't mind if it has a manual switch as I manually switch to solar. I don't know if I should just replace the motor. The rest of the housing is in good shape. Current wiring is for 230 volts.
If replacing the motor - what would you suggest?
If replacing the whole thing - what Pentair would you suggest? Or another make?
Thanks for any help!
(Also, the original pump says 1HP on the main plaque, but another little sticker says 1.5 total).