I have a pump that may (or may not) be on its last legs. I need to get it fixed, but can't afford to pay my pool guy a ton of dough. (Right now, I'm contemplating his $480 estimate to replace about 3 linear feet of tile that came loose over the winter )
I have a Hayward SP3000D Superpump that is driven by an A.O. Smith UST1102 1 hp pump. When I started up the pool a couple weeks ago, the pump did not sound happy. It was louder than normal, and kinda scratchy sounding. After a day or so it settled down and went back to smooth, quiet operation.
At midday today, I noticed that the pump wasn't running. I checked the breakers, timer, etc, and everything was fine. I cycled the breakers, GFI, timer, off on switch--nothing. I was able to spin the impeller easily (breakers off, of course). No joy. About an hour later, the pump came on by itself! It ran for an hour or so, then quit. Hmmm. The pump always runs hot, and it did this same thing once last year (but never again). So I hit the pump with some water from a hose, and after cooling the pump housing for about 45 seconds, it came back on and stayed on for the rest of the day.
So I'm thinking the pump is overheating (it was 91º here today, and the pump gets direct sun). I'm wondering if the thermal switch is bad (although it does seem to work), or if the pump is wearing out and running hotter than normal (it is 7 years old).
Regardless of what's wrong, it doesn't seem too hard to fix myself--even if I have to replace the pump. I could get a new pump (same model) for around $165.
What do you think I should do?