Have been swamped at work and not posting much. 12 days ago, while sailing out of Baltimore on a cruise ship, a tornado touched down in our neighborhood in Texas. Luckily, our house was spared damage and the dogs are safe. Dozens of houses across the road and within a half mile of us are not so lucky, ranging from shingle damage to one wall left standing on a slab.
Upon return from the cruise on Saturday, the pool electronics are not in full working condition. The pumps are tied into the Pentair Automation panel/box and 2 of the 4 circuits are "blown" and the GFI won't reset and the circuit breaker doesn't stay engaged when you push it on. (Doing the best I can to describe this stuff....electricity is NOT my favorite thing by any means and electricity plus water makes my skin crawl!)
The automation box is a Pentair EasyTouch 8 with actuators and salt.
The main pump is a Pentair VS+SVRS and it's hooked into the panel, as are the 3 single speed swim jet pumps. The VS and 1 of the single speed pumps is NOT operational. 2 of the single speed pumps are on the 2 circuits that are still working.
I think (??) HOPE (!!) maybe something got fried in the GFI in the box? Can I as a lay person terrified of electricity and a 50amp feed circuit even consider replacing those things? Is there a special part or is it available at Lowes or Home Depot?
Is this an electrician call? Does it have to be an electrician who knows pool stuff or could anyone do it?
Right now, I have a puck floater (YUCK!!!!) in the pool and run one of the swim jets for a few hours per day to keep chemistry from going astray. It's actually fine and no worries of a green swamp. FC at 10, TA at 60, pH at 7.6, and CYA at 50. Good enough for now.
Just really unsure how to proceed to troubleshoot and fix. Don't even know if the VS still works since I can't get past the power circuit at the moment.
When the tornado hit, the pump was running. A transformer blew. House was without power for about 2 days (Goodbye $500 worth of food in fridge and freezer!). Don't know if it surged from the explosion of the transformer, surged coming back on, rain got inside the box (Seems unlikely), etc...