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Thread: New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

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    KING-OLE's Avatar
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    Question New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

    Our pump is getting louder and louder, and a tech told us that the bearings are shot.

    I am having the hardest time finding a replacement motor, as the part number doesn't match, as well as someone who wants to replace it here in NW Houston, TX.

    I've attached some photos of the pump.

    Could a kind being please tell me the part (motor) I need to buy, and if you can recommend a good place to buy it?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

    You just need to find a 56Y framed motor with the same HP and Service Factor: 2 * 1.1 = 2.2 SFHP

    I would highly recommend going with a 2-speed variant and adding a manual switch to select the speed. You should be able to run on low nearly all the time and save money on electricity.

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    Oh one other thing: Is your pump wired for 115V or 230V? All 2-speed motors in that size are 230V, so that could be a limiting factor.
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    Re: New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

    I have the same pump and bought a replacement motor from Amazon last April - Century Electric B855 2hp 56Y frame, square flange, $280 delivered to my door. Pool guy wanted about $500 to replace the motor.

    It's a single speed motor. I didn't have time to shop around then, so maybe you can get a better deal elsewhere.

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    Re: New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

    Caliking is correct. You have a 2hp uprated pump and need the B855 motor along with a Challenger seal kit if replacing yourself. GL!

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    Re: New Motor for my Pentair Challenger 2 HP pump

    If you want a two speed, which I would highly suggest, you want the B2983 which is a high efficiency two speed motor.
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