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Thread: Should I put cover over pool motor?

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    Should I put cover over pool motor?

    Live near Tampa Florida. Motor on a Pentair Whisperflo 1.5 HP pool pump went out after 4 1/2 years. The motor itself was very rusty. It is situated directly under the overhang of the roof so rainwater lands on the motor. Pool service company that replaced motor recommended that I install cover over motor to keep out rainwater to extend the life of the new motor. Local pool stores (Pinch-a-Penny & Leslie's) apparently have covers for about $18. Should I install a cover?

    With the high temperatures in Florida I'm also concerned about getting adequate air circulation around the motor so that it doesn't overheat.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    10K Gal IG Plaster, 1 HP Pentair WhisperFlo Pump, 100 sq ft Pentair Clean & Clear Cartridge Filter, AquaRite SWG, Paramount PCC2000 pop-up cleaner, Rheem/Raypak 266 heater, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir

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    Re: Should I put cover over pool motor?

    Yes, a cover would be a great idea. It does need to have plenty of ventilation.
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    Re: Should I put cover over pool motor?

    Thanks Jason Lion.

    Installed a motor cover yesterday. After our sprinklers ran I observed that the cover was all wet, but the motor was nice and dry under its cover. Guess I've been watering my motor twice a week - an obvious contributor to the rust and the motor's premature failure.
    10K Gal IG Plaster, 1 HP Pentair WhisperFlo Pump, 100 sq ft Pentair Clean & Clear Cartridge Filter, AquaRite SWG, Paramount PCC2000 pop-up cleaner, Rheem/Raypak 266 heater, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir

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