Do I need a new pump?

fscott

Active member
Feb 19, 2010
25
San Diego, CA
Hi Everyone

Our pump seems really loud to us - husband unit is ready to blow a gasket himself!

It is a Whispaflo 1 hp. We have solar panels on the roof of a single story house and a spa with 4 jets

There's also definitely a leak at the pump. And when we turn the solar panels on ALOT of air seems to be pumped into the pool. This doesn't happen when we run the pump normally bypassing the solar panels.

So do we need a new pump or just a really smart pool guy/gal to fix it?

And do we need to get the solar stuff checked out as well? Is this normal?

Cheers,
Fiona
 

PoolGuyNJ

TFP Expert
May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
If you post a pic of the leak, we should be able to help. The bearings went if it's a squeal. If the leak appears under the pump, I'll bet it was doing it for some time. The water got to the motor and the bearings don't like that. A new motor and seal set should solve the problem if the issue is as stated above.

Scott
 

mas985

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 3, 2007
12,545
Pleasanton, CA
fscott said:
There's also definitely a leak at the pump. And when we turn the solar panels on ALOT of air seems to be pumped into the pool. This doesn't happen when we run the pump normally bypassing the solar panels.
That is normal for solar panels. When the pump is off, water will drain from the solar panels and be replaced by air via the vacuum release valve. This is done so that water does not remain in the panels when the pump is off. When the solar panels are turned on with the pump, air in the panels is purged out through the returns during the panel priming process.
 

fscott

Active member
Feb 19, 2010
25
San Diego, CA
Thanks Mark.

Scott: If a new motor and seal is the answer than does that mean I don't have to replace the whole pump? And who/where to I go to get this fixed?

Thanks,
Fiona