Greetings folks. I've been a Trouble Free Pool follower for the past year or two. I've all but abandoned pool chemicals based on info I'm learned here. Still enjoy the convenience of 3" pucks.
However, my problem, and why I'm begging for help, is I need a new pump motor. Last season, the motor kept getting louder and louder, a squeal/whine type noise if I recall. I figured bearings were tired, and I vowed to replace them before opening the pool this year.
Well the time is upon us to open the pool, so I removed the motor from the pump, and attempted to disassemble. I found quickly that it appears the front seal has failed, as the front of the pump is covered in white chalky (chlorine looking jazz) evilness. Then 3 of the 4 long through bolts broke off in the motor. Furthermore the guts of the motor look rusty and unpleasant. I've decided to abort attempting to rebuild, and just fork out the dough for a new motor.
So here's where I'd like your advice. I have a Hayward Super Pump 2605x7. The motor is a A.O. Smith UST1102, which is a 1 HP motor. Most websites suggest the 2605x7 pump uses a 3/4 HP UST1072 motor now sold by Century the company who appears to have absorbed A.O. Smith.
I'm sorry to report I ran the tired pump 24/7 during the swim season. I'd like very much to get an outdoor timer to limit pump time to perhaps 8 hours max per day. Suggestions for ideal pump time are welcome.
Basically, I'm looking for advice on which motor I should get. If the 3/4 pump suffices, I'd much rather use a lower amperage pump to reduce electric load. Also, need suggestions on where to get a good pump timer, and also a seal kit for the pump. It appears I need a GO KIT 3? Looks like there are plenty of aftermarket folks selling these different kits. Anybody wants to recommend a seller or specific type of seal kit, I'm all ears.
Finally for my pool specifics. I'm failing for exacts right now, but the pool is roughly 14' x 33' if I recall. And about 4 feet deep everywhere, flat bottomed pool, no depth variation. I believe it is about a 14,000 gallon pool. I run a sand filter with a in line chlorinator which I had turned down very low (~2 I believe) due to the 24/7 pump run. I believe all the equipment is Hayward stuff (I know the multi-port valve is). I can get more specifics if required, but for now looking to nail down my pump motor goodies.
Thanks for hearing my ramble. Love the site.