So, I came home from work today and all the power in my house is off. D*mn! Seemed a little early in the season, and not hot enough for a large area outage from everyone using their A/C so I decided to check with the neighbors on both sides - they both had power. Double D*mn!!
Well, after about 45 min. of troubleshooting everything in the house I headed outside. Disconnected the wires to the pool light and sprinkler system - nope. Disconnected the wires to the Intellichlor transformer - nope. Disconnected the wires to the pump - Bingo! After looking a little closer here's what I found:
It appears the Leslie's tech pinched the wire between the case and the cover after wiring the pump. I can't put all the blame on him, though. As you can see in the picture, the 3 wires come up right next to the hole where the cover hold-down screw goes and they have to make an immediate 180* bend. There's really no way to keep them out of the way of the boss where the cover screw goes in. It would have been nice if they provided a place to tie off the wires with a tie-wrap or something.
Anyhow, I put some heat-shrink tubing over the exposed wire, reconnected the power wires, reset the circuit breakers and turned on the mains. SNAP! went the circuit breaker again! Apparently it fried something on the circuit board or in the motor itself. I tried disconnecting the 3 large wires shown and it still pops the breaker. Oh well, I guess I'll ask Leslie's to replace the pump asap. I may also call Hayward and bring this to their attention.
If you own an EcoStar it would be a very good idea to remove the top cover and check your wiring to make sure none of the wires are pinched.
Other than this I really like the pump so far. Easy to program, fairly efficient, quiet and easy on the kilowatts. I'll post follow-ups and let you know what transpires.