newbie here, so please bear with me!
i have issues.. my setup is a 10k kidney shape pool. i have a 12 yr old Enerson single speed 3/4 hp motor with a 3/4 polaris booster pump as well. Both pumps have been leaking for months and the Poloaris has been very noisy (like a grinding whirl - neighbors really love it!). I put some of that plumbers tape around it. helped a little bit but not much. i'm not that handy so i couldn't do much more than that without picking up the phone. anyway, couple of cold nights last week, and at one point during the day, i see my pool lost about a foot of water. i run to the pumps and see water spraying everywhere from the plumbing between the pumps/heater/filter, etc. So I shut everything off. frozen water everywhere! all over the pvc pipes, pumps. everything. so after a few days everything thawed out and not i have to figure out what to do.
I called a local pool guy. he quoted me about $500 to repair the leaks in the plumbing, install a jandy 3-way valve (where a red open/shut valve was), seal kit for the main pump, all plumbing and labor. Seems a bit high. I asked him to breakout the materials vs. the labor. waiting for updated proposal.
on the polaris pump, he suggested replacing it completely since it was noisy and was leaking. he quoted me $650 to replace the pump completely.
lastly, he suggested a timer with freeze protection (right now I turn the pumps on and off manually every day). $600 all-in for that.
So overall, quite a bit of money. I'd like to know what my 1)least expensive alternative is, and 2) what the best alternative is. I'm assuming just fixing what is there is cheapest. instead of replacing the booster pump, could that use a seal kit as well? i assume it will still scream and whine?! could i just say screw the booster pump? the timer/freeze protection is a "nice to have", not necessarily a "need to have" especially with the other things that need to be fixed.
Looking for overall suggestions/comments.