Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    Hey all...First time here, hoping someone can give some advice. I've got a 3 year old, 1.5hp Hayward 2-cycle pump.

    I came home two days ago and noticed the pump wasn't on. Went outside and the strainer basket cover had somehow come loose and was slightly "rattling." The pump was cycling on and off after a slight cool down period, but was presumably running dry for who knows how long.

    The pump still turns on for about 20-30 seconds and then shuts off (with a VERY low sounding hum after that). It doesn't trip the breaker, so its shutting down on its own. I've tested the usual -- disconnected motor and checked impeller (its ok), looked for any pressure issues/clogs (none that I can see).

    I did pull the capacitor that's mounted on top of the motor. When I test it with a multimeter, it doesn't move the needle at all (Multitester is operating properly for other things). So I'm assuming the capacitor is completely gone. But would a bad capacitor still allow the motor to run for 20-30 secs each time before shutting down?

    Any other ideas? I'd rather not call out for service if I can avoid it.

    Thanks!

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,198

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    I would go ahead and replace the capacitor. They are relatively inexpensive, and you already know it is bad.
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Central NJ
    Posts
    3,192

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    I suspect it is the windings in the motor. Motor and seal set if the cap doesn't fix it.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    Ok, I replaced the capacitor (which tested well on the mutlimeter) -- but unfortunately I'm having the same problem. This time it ran about 10 secs longer than the last time but it still cut off.

    There was also a strong 'metal' burning smell coming from the motor.

    I removed the new capacitor and tested it -- and it still tests ok so it hasn't burn out yet.

    Any suggestions?

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    I replaced the capacitor, and it lasted about 10 secs longer than last time, but its still shutting off. This time I'm noticing a distinct burning smell. I removed the new capacitor and it still tests ok, so it hasn't burn out yet.

    I'm at a loss...any other thoughts as to what could be causing this?

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Central NJ
    Posts
    3,192

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    It's the windings in the motor. Time for a new motor. Replace the seal set while your there.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    Well I broke down and bought a new motor. The seals are there too. The new motor seems to hum much better. The only change was I moved from a 2-speed to a single speed. We are probably selling the house in the spring and wanted to save money. I just need to ensure my wiring on the timer is correct as right now my main pump and fountains fire up on the same circuit. I'll fix that tomorrow.

    PS...If anyone has any good links for wiring 2 or 3 aux devices on a single digit timer, I'd love to see it.

    Thanks for all the help!

  8. Back To Top    #8
    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SouthWest Alabama
    Posts
    22,331

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    It would probably help if we knew what timer you have. If it's just a single timer, you just gang the wires under the lugs or use a pigtail splice so there's only one wire under the lug.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
    Pool School ----- Pool Math ----- TF-Test Kit

  9. Back To Top    #9

    Re: Pool Pump Shutting Off -- Any Advice?

    Hey gang...I got it working. It was just a matter of ensuring the right mode on the timer was selected to power the correct circuits. Everything has been working well all morning and things are starting to clear up.

    Thanks for the help!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •