I have a ~25,000 gallon, chlorine generating, salt water pool, built and opened in 2013, and recently, my pool pump/motor has been getting progressively louder, to the point where it is a legitimate problem that needs to be dealt with. The Pool Pump/Motor has a Century 1.5 HP Single Speed Motor label on it (PN 7-F56AA12A04-24), but the Wiring housing cover on the motor end of the unit is labeled Hayward - Go figure... Anyway, in my search for a direct motor replacement motor on Inyopools.com, it looks like it is replaced with the Magnatek AO Smith B2854 or B854. Since I need to take some action anyway, I am currently considering 2 possible options to repair.
Option 1) (Less expensive) - Simply replace the motor, and while doing so, replace the recommended associated gaskets, etc, on my 5 year old salt water pool pump unit.
Option 2) (Substantially more expensive) - I have a friend who recently replaced his pump with the Pentair IntelliFlo 3 HP unit, and he swears by it! Lower energy consumption, the ability to recirculate the water in the pool much faster on demand, in the case of over-swimming or last last minute "turbo cleaning", given the more powerful motor specs, and due to the flexibility of programming and controlling the settings on the pump itself, resulting in a much more customized solution.
I would like to get some feedback and recommendations, in the case that others have been down this road before. If I can make it work without going nuts, I would prefer in the the Pentair variable speed replacement route. But... I am all too familiar with the 1-2 hour "quick replacement job", spanning into a 3rd and 4th day, waiting on those critical few missing, overlooked or incompatible $10 parts that derail the completion of my project while I wait for their arrival! I'd like this job to be a clean, efficient "One and Done!" :-)
Just an FYI - The current pump unit is wired and operating at 230v...