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    Pump noise. Bearings?

    I have a pentair superflo .75 hp. The motor is about a year old.

    I've noticed it is making a kind of a continuous.. veroom...veroom...veroom...veroom... sound as it's pumping. It's not high pitched. But seems to have gotten louder in recent months.

    Water is pumping fine, it primes fine, and otherwise wouldnt notice anything wrong with it. I've tried cleaning the filter, the basket, etc.

    Could bearings be going bad already?

    Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.

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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    mine did the same, it was the bearings in the motor. I called my PB, he called the local pentair repair guy who came and replaced the motor. My pump was loud from day 1....just got louder and louder. When it was replaced it was 5 mo. old.
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    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    Can you make a recording? I believe that pump has a centrifugal switch and that too can have a pulsating sound. You might just try to clean and inspect the governor for interference in the back of the motor and see if that helps.
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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    Here is an upload of the noise

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSJhW55mBa4

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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    Yea that sounds like the centrifugal switch. Pretty common sound for those pumps. If you push down on the housing, does it get quieter? Take the end cap off and see if the governor is dirty and/or there is a spring missing.
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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    I dont think there is a centrifugal switch. Unless it can somehow be in a different location? I took off the back cap and it's just the end of the shaft and wiring terminals there. I can easily turn the shaft from there with my hand. I don't hear any noise or feel any obvious resistance when Im turning it.

    I dont really notice any difference by pushing on the housing.

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    Re: Pump noise. Bearings?

    That's the exact sound mine was making. If it's ~1 yr old it should be under warranty....let them deal with it.
    IG gunite/plaster pool/spa Started 1/17/14, Plastered 5/16/14
    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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