So yesterday, I went out to turn my Hayward Pump on. Shortly after I did so, I heard a pop, but the motor kept going. I went over to look at the motor and some smoke was coming out. I quickly turned off the motor and took a day to clear my head since I seem to be stuck in a rut of things breaking down on me lately.
Anyway, today, I took the cover off the back, and as expected, the wires looked a little charred, so maybe some water got in and it shorted out?
I cut the wires off, and pulled more cable through and replaced them. Put everything back together and the pump was working fine, however I did notice it would hum for a second or two before coming on. My pressure was high and water was above my skimmer, so I did a backwash, flipping the motor on and off again a couple times. While doing so, I noticed the hum before starting went from probably 1-2 seconds to 2-3 seconds.
Once I got the water level where I wanted it, I turned the motor off, grabbed my DE powder and got ready to fill 'er up again. This time, I turned the motor on, NOTHING. No humming...No joy.
Checked the breaker, everything was ok. Switched it off and on again, cause I'm in IT, and when you have problems you reboot..
Still nothing. I can't get it to come back on. My initial googling makes me think it may be the short weakened the start capacitor and it finally gave up? Possible? The motor isn't very old, as I replaced it the end of 2 seasons ago.
Any ideas and help would be greatly appreciated.