I'm 90% confident that my motor bearings are going on a 2.5 HP Pentair Whisperflo pump. I'm familiar with what it sounds like when the impeller has junk stuck in it (a swishing sound) vs. this sound which is more of a loud whining. I don't know the age of the pump but it could be as old as 12 yrs but it's not leaking and is still running, albeit loudly. I've called around and no one seems to be willing to work on the pump, some companies going so far as telling me that the whole pump needs to be replaced if the bearing are shot!
I'm willing to attempt the bearing replacement on the motor myself. I've found a Youtube video that does a pretty good job at showing how to do it. I'm willing to buy the bearing puller and bearings (if I can figure out which ones to buy) and that would cost me ~$50-$60. As with everyone these days, my time is limited (we have a 1 year old son!) and I'd love to be able to find someone to replace the bearings for me instead.
1. do it myself (worried about potential pump downtime in the heat of Houston summer, had a battle with algae last year that I'd prefer not repeating.)
2. buy a new motor (~$300?)
3. buy a new pump (~$650 online for a direct replacement or should I get something newer/better/different?)
I'm a little more confident about messing with the motor vs. replacing the whole pump because I worry about getting all the PVC pipes to fit together etc.
Any advice out there?
Thanks in advance,
PS I've got a 16,000 gal. pool with a D.E. filter and a 2.5 HP Pentair Whisperflo pump