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We have a 1hp pool pump for 35k gallon inground pool, recently the pump has become increasingly louder , the noise sounds like the pump is laboring and lost prime although the water flow is good and consistent as usual. Is this a sign of the motor going or the pump mechanism? Is it worth fixing or should it be replaced

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Your motor bearings are failing. It is most often caused by a leaking pump seal. It is a relatively inexpensive repair if it is caught early enough; before the shaft is damaged from the corrosive water eating into the steel. Take it to a local electric motor repair shop for inspection. It will likely need a set of 203 bearings for the motor and a mechanical seal for the pump. All told, depending on the labor rates, it should be less than $75. You could try to repair this yourself however if you are not familiar with the process it is money well spent having someone who is do the repair for you.

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