The "common approach" now is to use 1/2 the HP and run it for twice as long
as the original motor. If you have a 25K gallon pool, you could maintain it
with a 3/4 HP motor/pump very easily. Just extend the run times.
The most expensive component of any pool is the electricity required to run
the pump. Using smaller motors and running them for longer periods of time
dramtically reduces the friction losses in the piping.
I am waiting for my current 12 year-old 1 1/2 HP pump motor to die so I can
replace it with a two-speed or variable speed motor that would pay for
itself in a year or two if I were not on a photovoltaic system.
'72 BSA B50SS
'74 Triumph TR6
'01 HD XLH 883
'03 GMC Cargo Van
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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 fault.
> 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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