Motor on our 1/2 HP NorthStar pump is starting to make funny noises and run really hot (even in the shade). Its now 10 yrs old, so its not like we havent gotten good use out of it!
Question is - replace the pump AND motor, or just the motor.
If just the motor, I wanted to go to a 2 speed. Since the original is so "low" power (0.5HP, but a SF of 2.78), what would be the appropriate 2 speed motor that is compatible with the NorthStar wet end?
If the pump and motor, keep in mind our season is fairly short (3.5 to 4 months), so variable speed may or may not be worth it. I know I read good things about the TriStar 2 speed, but again Im comparing this to something that seems pretty efficient already, even with single speed.
Thanks in advance.