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    speed control on pump motor

    I have a 1.5 hp hayward pump. Can I put some kind of speed control on the motor to get variable speed or will that damage motor?

    If not can I swap out motor instead of buying entire pump?

    it's a matrix power flo matrix with ao smith motor


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    guamguy's Avatar
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    Re: speed control on pump motor

    If you want a 2-speed pump, you're going to need to swap the motor for a 2 speed motor. Variable speed, you'll need a new pump. I just did a motor swap on my 1hp Sta-Rite and it was really easy, only a couple hours work. Good luck!
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    Re: speed control on pump motor

    If you had a 3-phase pump it'd be easy to put a drive on it but with a single phase, it's gonna require a new motor. As GuamGuy said, it isn't a hard job. I recommend replacing the shaft seal when you change the motor just for good measure.
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    Re: speed control on pump motor

    They do make single phase variable frequency drives but by the time you purchase the drive and the enclosure, you might as well upgrade to a variable speed pump. Also, a standard motor usually does not have the appropriate bearings for a variable speed drive so you will likely shorten the life of the motor.
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