In the last few days, the motor of my pump started to scream something like "oooooo" that is getting louder and louder.
Based on the fact that it is also leaking a little bit of water and there is salt around the bolts, I would assume that a seal went bad and caused water to get into the bearing and they are now screaming for a replacement.
The pump is Jandy FloPro 1 HP model FHPM (single speed). The original motor model is R0479311. I have a salt water chlorinator and solar panels on the roof (single story house). I have no idea of the age of the pump and motor, as I recently bought the house.
I did some research and found a site that sells a bearing and shaft seal kit for $50 and it seems I would also have to buy a bearing puller for $40. The advantage is that I would spend just $90. The disadvantage is that I've never done anything like this and I am not sure if I would face any difficulty.
At Leslie's, they said that if I brought my motor they would sell me a replacement (likely not the OEM), with one year warranty for about about $220 plus $30 for a seal, plus tax. The advantage is that it would be a simpler disassembly/assembly and the warranty. The disadvantage is of course the cost.
I also found a few replacement motors on the web made by Century A.O. Smith for about $190. The advantage of course is the price, but I am not sure if it is indeed a like for like replacement and I wonder about the quality as it seems much cheaper than the OEM.
That said, my questions are:
1- Is it difficult for a newbie to replace the bearings and seals?
2- What are the replacement brands and models I could buy besides the OEM? Any suggestions of a website reliable with good prices?
3- What would you recommend and why?
As I will be out of town next week, for now I am reducing the pump hours from 8/day to 4/day and closed the valves to the solar panels, assuming this will give the pump a break (no pun intended).