There are lots of variables-- but in NY, running it mid May to early
Sept. ; 24' round with a sand filter. . . . . The pool is in a small
clearing surrounded by trees so I keep the skimmer going 24/7 through
the whole season.
My records only go back to 1997-
1997 paid $30 for parts to 'rebuild pump'
2001- $183 for pump from Namco
2003- $30 for bearings- then bought rebuilt pump for $125
2004- new pump motor from Winans $163
2006- pump off ebay for $65
I'll buy another one next spring off Ebay-- last years is making a
bit of noise and probably won't survive the summer. For $65 I'll
start with a new one and maybe take the other one apart to see if its
worth rebuilding. [it could just be something in the impeller- it
isn't real noisy yet]
I wish I knew why that one pump lasted so well. It was a few years
old when I rebuilt it in '97-- then went 4 more. Since then I've
spent nearly $100 a year on pumps.
Pool pumps, and just about any other equipment will last a whole lot
longer if you can put it inside or in an enclosure that porotects it
like it is inside. The pumps on my spa are 22 years old and still
working fine. They are in the garage and feed the spa through the
wall. I also got tired of screwing with my well equipmewnt and put it
in an enclosure. I haven't had problems since. It used to be a regular
occurance to be standing out there wrapped in a towel, trying to find
out why the water stopped.
I would expect a pool pump laying in the grass to go bad in a season
Just for the record-- my pump rests on a slab & has a cover that
keeps rain off. I bring it in the fall. Tell me more about
your 22 yr old pumps-- what brand and size are they? How much do
they run? [hours a day- days per year]
Mine runs 24/7 for almost 4 months. Even though it is a constant
duty pump, I wonder if I ran it 6 hrs on/2 off [or some on/off cycle]
if it would extend the life of the pump much. There is so much air
born debris in my yard that I need to keep the skimmer going
constantly. I've tried covers and just end up catching everything,
then dumping it in the pool when I remove the cover.
So would I-- Now I even expect a covered pump on a slab to go bad
in a season or two.<g>
The spa jet pump (2.5 hp StaRite) only runs when we are in the spa so
that is probably only 100-150 hours a year. The circulation pump
(3/4-1/8 HP 2 speed) is a Hayward PowerFlo II and it runs 12 hours a
day 365 days a year in low speed and high speed whenever the heat or
jets are running.
Keeping the rain off is only one issue. You also have the problem of
condensation (dew) that permiates the interior of the motor and rusts
it from the inside out and bugs getting into the motor.
I also built an above ground enclosure for my well equipment and that
has made it last a lot longer. My neighbors are on their second set of
stuff in the same time frame. Mine looks brand new.
In Suburban Chicago, mine is on a timer - eight hours per day from
about May 1 till about Oct 1. I bring it in during the off season.
It's not protected from the weather during the swimming season. With
zero maintenance, mine failed during it's seventh season, but only
because a hose failed and it ran dry for a few hours. While I can't
say how long it would have lasted, I think it's safe to say that two
years is a bit premature.
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