Pool pump dying?

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Old 08-29-13, 10:21 AM
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Pool pump dying?

Our pool pump motor has been making some strange rattling sounds over the last few weeks, even though it's still working fine. I kept thinking that perhaps something was stuck in the impeller, but now I'm not so sure. Our local pool shop claims that the sound may well be a sign that the motor is dying - maybe the bearings inside it are going?

If we have to replace it we'll replace it, but I'd hate to think I'm changing something out when it could be just a minor fix. It's a Hayward 2hp motor by the way.

Also, if the motor does need replacing, is it an easy job to swap a new one in? I mean, it doesn't look like a big deal if all it takes is some basic electrical connections and some basic plumbing.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 08:34 AM
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Just as a follow-up to help anyone else who may encounter the same trouble, I ended up disconnecting the motor and took it to a repair guy I fortuitously found nearby who specializes in well and pool pump motors. He confirmed what i suspected, that the motor was fine other than the fact that the bearings were shot. $75 later we had them fixed, with new seals, and the pump is now running fine. Beats paying $300 for a new 2hp motor!
 
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Old 09-22-13, 09:34 AM
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You are a bit lucky. Motor repair shops are slowly disappearing as our culture moves more to the disposable mentality. There is a shop in my town but the owner is old and I don't see anyone following in his footsteps to take over. When he retires I think I'll be without a motor repair shop.
 
 

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