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    Pump maintenance

    Hey everyone,

    So my pump motor decided to give up mild season. Not sure yet if it's the capacitor or rust. I just shut it off to setup the vacuum and it hums when I turned it back on.

    Here's the pump:


    Anyways, I'm working on plugging my drains using these new plugs:


    Low and behold it fits great for the basket but not for the return jet. Here's the return setup:



    I believe there's an insert fitting in there but not sure and I can't get it lose if there is one.

    I did find something and have NO idea what it is...lol.

    Any ideas?
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Well I'm going to be waiting til later to go out there and work on it. Just got stung by a wasp. Did you know that they really hurt!
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Don't have an answer for you unfortunately but the same thing happened to me last summer with our pump, replacing the capacitor did not fix the problem. Loved having to buy a new pump 3 days before going on vacation
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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by eric.mathison View Post
    Well I'm going to be waiting til later to go out there and work on it. Just got stung by a wasp. Did you know that they really hurt!
    The threaded part of your return jet comes out. There should be slots inside it for a key to fit in to unscrew it, then i believe your plug will screw right in.


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    Re: Pump maintenance

    If your fitting still doesn't come apart you can always stick a cork, or carrot, or ?? and disconnect the hose from the filter and secure it over the wall of the pool into the water. Not for a long time, and kind of funky but if you haven't got another choice it will work. This would be a last ditch solution to get your pump fixed

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Well I ended up putting a zip lock bag over the hole and screwed the eye back in. There is quite some suction but it worked! Hopefully I won't need to go fishing for it lol.
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    I know how you feel about the wasp sting. I got one on the nose a few weeks back and boy did it hurt! I may have uttered spurious comments about the parentage of the wasp!

    As for the pump, the capacitor is the usual culprit, but I don't believe this model has one. It may have a centrifugal switch instead. Pull off the back cover and see if there is a capacitor behind it. If not, this thread may help you troubleshoot the problem. motor repair advise needed Hayward powerflo sp1580Z2 1.5hp
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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Cool I'll check it out. Thanks
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    So I took off the back and front parts.

    Here is a pic behind the back cover:


    There's not much there. Looks like I need to go a bit further in. The good news though, the motor spindle moves freely and easily using a flat head.

    Any suggestions on what to do next?
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    To find out if it's the capacitor you might need some help to turn the motor on and when it's humming try to spin the shaft (that's the if you can do it safely part). If it starts up then it is the start capacitor that's bad.

    That chunk of threaded plastic in the wall is part of the "eyeball". The more you tighten the part in your hand to that other part the harder it is to adjust the eyeball.
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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Well there's no capacitor, only a centrifugal switch. I was able to put some lithium grease on the springs to help loosen it. Now it hums for 10 secs then starts up. Woohoo.

    However I think I'm on borrowed time and the motor will need to be replaced the next time I turn it off. I guess for the rest of this season, I'll have to eat the electric bill and leave it on 24/7.

    This model doesn't look like you can access it. The switch is inside the motor casing and there doesn't look to be away to access the inside of the motor.
    Pool Stats: 24" Round Above Ground - Vinyl - 13,500 Gallons | Filter: Hayward Sand S180T | Pump: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix | Testing Kit: TF-100 | Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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    Re: Pump maintenance

    Have no idea what this is.
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