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    Pump went dry overnight

    Due to my carelessness, the water level went below the skimmer feed some time during the night. Now the pump whines at a high pitch. I disconnected the hose from the skimmer basket and put it directly into the pool water. It still pumps but still whines. I wasn't exactly ready to shut down for the season but this might be it. After reading other posts, am I right in thinking its time for a new pump?
    We have a 1 hp, 10 amp doughboy power pak pump, single speed and I run it 24/7. We've used it 7 years and got it from the neighbor when they moved, who used it 2-3 years. What kind of pump do others recommend?
    Thanks.
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

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    Re: Pump went dry overnight

    For your size pool a 1 hp 2-speed aboveground pump would be a good choice.
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    Re: Pump went dry overnight

    Thanks Bama Rambler.
    Now all I have to do is keep the water circulating with a sump pump and chlorine until the temps come down and I can close down for the winter.
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

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    Re: Pump went dry overnight

    http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Pentair- ... 340206.htm

    Pentair Dynamo #340206. We have a 16x32 buried Doughboy with 7' deep end. We installed this pump four years ago and it's been running 24/7 (on low) since. It only gets turned off to backwash, which isn't very often since I use the skimmer socks. It's VERY quiet, even after four years of non-stop pumping.

    And our electric bill decreased significantly after we switched out the single-speed (which only ran 10-hrs/day) to the dual-speed (runs 24/7/365 on low).
    32x16 buried Doughboy, 4' shallow - 7' deep
    Pentair Dynamo 1 hp, 2-speed - Pentair 150# SD40 w/zeolite (75#)
    One skimmer/two returns/Aquabot Turbo T2

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    Re: Pump went dry overnight

    Thanks Cherie.
    16 x 28 Doughboy Mystic Garden AGP with 7' deep end (used expandable vinyl liner) ~11,800 gals. Deep end main drain. Thru-the-wall skimmer, one return at deep end. Media Master 150# sand filter. Doughboy PowerPak II pump, 1 hp. Pentair MinimaxCH 150m natural gas heater. Polaris 65 when it feels like working . TF-100 test kit. No longer 'pool stored' 5 years and counting. In sunny but fickle metro-Detroit.

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