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    Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    Been a few years since I owned a pool. I forgot if a pump is supposed to feel hot to the touch? It also has a little smell to it, figured becasue it is brand new- runs very quiet, but feels hot?? It is a dual spd 1.5 hp Hayward- wired to 240v with #12 wire on a 20amp breaker
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    It should feel hot but you shouldn't be able to cook eggs on it. Roughly 130-150 is okay anything near 200 is bad. Check near theback vents of the motor you should feel a good breeze of air. It shouldn't have a smell though,especially a burning smell
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    Thanks- it's not a burning smell. More of a "new" smell- like it's just getting used for the first time- it's not an electrical burning smell- hard to 'splain
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    I just got a new pump too. It has the new pump smell as well.
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    The rule of thumb is, that if you can force yourself to hold your hand on it for 8 seconds it's less than 150ºF. I'm not advocating trying this I have used it a lot in the past.
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    it definitely should not smell like burning varnish
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    Well I have rewired the pump with #10 wire, instead of #12 to see if that was causing the pump to turn off as it pulls amps- same thing, low speed runs all night/day, high speed runs for about 20 min then shuts off. Pump gets very hot, which the tech guy at Hayward said it would. I can't hold my hand on it for more than 2 seconds. Low spped, not hot at all. I am going to try to get the temp off of it next. This sucks, it's brand spankin new.
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    Three stupid questions: Are you getting the proper voltage at the receptacle? Was the cord wired correctly to the new pump? Are all screw type terminals tightened properly?
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    Re: Should a pump feel hot to the touch?

    If it's brand new I'd call Hayward and let them deal with it before I fretted too much about it.
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