So with the house we recently bought, we got this mess below:
The pool itself is nice, but the pump situation is a disaster. Notice the missing conduit on the pump. The bit of silicone someone tried to shoot into where the wires come out is doing exactly nothing. Also the pump is on the same circuit as outlets in the master bedroom. It is hooked to a GFCI under the house, but said GFCI doesn't do anything when I test it. The pump isn't loud or anything, but I did notice it seems very hot. I measured the temp in some spots at around 230 degrees (around 91 degrees ambient temp) after the pump is running an hour or so.
So I called an electrician out to get a quote on fixing some of these issues. I had him quote me on running a dedicated 220 circuit out to the pump with a GFCI breaker in the box, install a T104R timer, fix the pump wiring and switch it over to the 230v mode, and convert the existing circuit to a convenience outlet near the pump. I was about ready to pull the trigger on these fixes, but I started thinking about maybe I should take this time to do some upgrades? My thought is if I have this T104R timer installed, but then at a later date decide convert the pump motor over to one of those dual-speed motors with the built in timer (B975T?), then having this timer installed now is a waste of money. Also I'm concerned with as hot as this pump is running, and with the disaster that the current wiring is that is undoubtedly allowing water into pump, that this thing is a time bomb ready to die at any moment. I'm having the electrical stuff fixed regardless, but what to do with the pump is what I'm trying to figure out. I have a few options
1)Have the T104R timer installed with this current pump and let it roll. Maybe it lasts a few years?
2)Convert the pump to a dual speed with something like the B975T A.O. Smith 1 HP Full Rate Two Speed Motor W/ Timer - Round Flange (B975T,B2975T) - INYOPools.com
3)Have a timer like the T10604R installed so that when this pump does fail, I can convert it to one of the dual speed pumps that doesn't have the built-in timer.
At some point when it dies I'm planning on going with a dual speed, but I'm not sure if I should do it now or now. Moving into this house has already cost some serious cash, so I'm not that hot on spending $400 on a new pump at the moment in addition to fixing the electric disaster on this pool. So I guess the question is, given the messed up wiring, and pump running at 215 degrees, how long is this thing going to last like this? Is it worth keeping it how it is and just sticking a timer on there? If I put something like the T10604R on there, can I just use the timer portion until I get a new pump and then use the speed selector as well, or do both always have to be hooked up?
This has to be a little too hot, right?