In the interests of getting you back to the poor wee beastie, I would suggest
you look for a thermal cutout in the motor. Should be a press-to-reset button,
likely red (ask someone to help if you are as colour blind as I am; you'll
never see it otherwise).
Eventually, you will have to fix the fault that is causing the thermal to trip
(check for faulty start/run capacitors or centrifugal start switches) but that
should get you going.
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From: "scott hall" <email@example.com>
To: "Shop Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:01:12 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Shop-talk] sigh...now the pool PUMP is out
And I cannot work on the Triumph until the wife and kid can swim again...
For the past few weeks the main pool pump has hummed a little bit when I turned
it on, before it actually began pumping water. So, I'd flip the switch, it'd
go, "mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm" for three or four seconds, and then the actual
impeller would start turning, water flows, etc. I assume it was the electric
motor humming. No, it was definitely the motor humming.
Last night it hummed for three or four seconds, then stopped. Now it does
The breaker is not flipped. That exhausts my troubleshooting ability for this
However, I have tools enough to wire an addition to a house and tear down and
rebuild automotive engines. Can any of the EEs here perhaps start me on the way
to diagnosing this before I either:
1) buy a new pump for $600, or,
2) backfill the huge p.i.t.a. the pool has become and send the wife and kids to
the municipal pool.
I'd imagine I should start soon, before the lack of water being pumped through
the filter turns the pool green again. Any help appreciated.
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