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Aquascape SFA 3000 shutdown

I have a Aquascape SFA 3000 in my pond. It shutoff the other day and when I removed it from the skimmer the impeller was off of the shaft and wedged between the shaft and the housing. I put it back together and it ran very noisy for a while and quit again. I assume that it is burnt up, but at the cost of these pumps I would like to have it rapaired. Is there an affordable way to repair these? Is there a rebuild kit? Something to conserve costs. The pump was in the pond when I bought it. It is very likely over 2 years old.

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  • robt28 Nov 08, 2008

    My Aquascape 3000 pond pump just died shortly after 2 years use. Is this typical and are there better substitutes.

  • jrmat Apr 05, 2009

    I use two of these pumps in my pond. They have both suffered from burnt-out bearings after about three years use. They were filled with water. I cleaned them out dried them out, resealed them and they work for a month or two, but basically they must be replaced as far as I know (maybe with a Matala MKH150). I do not know if they are any more durable though.



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