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    Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    This past summer, I replaced the plug on my pool cover pump and it had been working just fine until recently. I noticed the GFI was tripped, but whenever I attempted to plug the pool cover pump back into the outlet, it would trip again. I opened the plug and everything inside was still attached, so don't know what my problem may be. I am NOT an electrician, just a retired Grammy living by herself and willing to take on most problems. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    Can you plug another appliance or light into the outlet without it tripping? If yes, then the pump or float siwtch is bad and a replacement is needed.
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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    Can you plug anything else into the GFI outlet to test it? You need to figure out if the plug on the pump is faulty, or if the outlet itself is bad. You should be able to plug something else into the GFI outlet. If it works, the issue is most likely with the pump plug.

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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    I generally find that when I have a GFI problem, the GFI outlet is the culprit most (but not all) of the time - IME, I don't find them reliable at all.
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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    The warm-up we had last weekend followed by a cool-down caused quite a bit of condensation. If another device works in your outlet, try drying the plug with a hair dryer. It only takes a tiny bit of moisture inside the plug to cause the GFCI to trip.
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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    Most likely, if the GFCI is tripping, it's because it is doing it's job, and trying to save lives. You have an electrical 'leak' to ground somewhere.
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    Re: Electrical Problem at Pool Equip pad

    The most likely scenario is because your pool cover pump is bad and needs to be replaced. The GFI is tripping for a reason. It could be that the cord attached to the pump is not sealing and allowing water to flood the electrical part of the pump, there by causing the GFI to trip.

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