Pump is in the shop, would not turn on. When powered on the pump would make a humming sound for 3 secs then shut off. The impeller turns freely. I am getting prepared for when they tell me I have to replace the motor.
My biggest issue is that my pump on low was barely maintaining the pool due to my setup (I believe). I have 5 returns, 2 of them are on the each corner by the steps and 3 returns on the north side of the pool. I think I do not get enough circulation as I get algae build up on the shaded side (south side) of the pool across from the return lines after heavy rains (if I do not boost chlorine). I have 2.5 inch pipes and 2 inch for the return and Lion Heads. Minimum 40 ft from pump to the first return to the pool.
I usually run 12 hours on low with the vacuum valve all open and one third of the main drain open. This is the only way to get my navigator to run on low speed. With this setting the vacuum does not climb the walls. When solar is on the vacuum barely runs so I have to vacuum separately on high a couple of times a week.
I am thinking about upgrading to a VS so I can dial in the flow on low so I can run the solar and vacuum at the same time. Maybe help with the circulation.
KW .058090 first 1,000 .06884 over 1,000. We avg 2000 KW a month
What are my options? Is it worth upgrading?