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The rebuilding idea is obviously dependent on separating the pump from the motor. If the tech detected bad corrosion in this area that may prevent separating the two, you may very well have to replace the complete pump and motor. Barring bad luck, replacing the bearings should give you another few years of service out of this motor. 56 frame motors, being more robust, are great candidates for rebuilding. Around here, motor shops get about 80 bucks to install new bearings. That's a lot cheaper than a new motor.
: WOW, that's a great idea...George was concerned that he wasn't going to
: be able to separate the Waterway piece from the AO Smith motor...and
: just wanted me to go ahead and get the whole unit...I will call
: around on Monday and see if rebuilding it is possible anywhere's out
: around here. Essentially, the Cascade treatment used on jetted
: bathtubs is similar to
: Since the upper pipes and even the filter holder pipes don't have any
: rust discoloration on them whatsoever, it is a puzzlement as to why
: the bottom would...and I may just ask George to return so he could
: dismantle the motor if it is reasonable to repair it and then we can
: check to see what is the situation, staining or particles...I also
: want to still check with Catalina and see how much of a warranty
: return I could get.
: I am not mechanically knowledgeable...are you saying that if the
: bearings are rebuilt, the motor is essentially like new again? Or am
: I putting new bearings on a piece of 2 and a half years old in usage
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