My pump stopped working the other day. When I flip the switch, it hums, but the motor doesn't start.
I searched the forum and found several relevant posts. The general advice seemed to be to remove the pump lid and basket, clear any debris from around the impeller and make sure that it can spin freely. If that doesn't fix the problem, the next most likely culprit is the start capacitor.
Well, I checked for debris and made sure my impeller could spin freely. That didn't fix the problem, so I moved on to the capacitor. I attempted to access the start capacitor by removing the end cap on the rear of the motor. I loosened four "screws" that turned out to be rods that run pretty much the entire length of the motor.
Here's where things got a little complicated.
First of all, the motor is too close to the wall of my house to pull the rods all the way out. So I can't get the end cap off completely.
Second of all, even though I can't get the cap off completely, I don't see anything back there that looks like a capacitor.
Thirdly, since things weren't going to so well, I decided to abort the whole operation and do some more research. Problem is, I can't get the cap back on. It won't slide easily into place. I can't see or feel what's blocking it. And I sure don't want to force it.
So ... it appears that I'll need to detach the motor from the rest of the pump in order to continue servicing it. This bring me (finally!) to my question. What's the easiest (least error-prone) way to do that?
Take a look at this picture. Should I remove the four bolts that secure the motor to the motor back plate? Or should I remove the eight bolts that attach the motor back plate to the pump body?
Maybe it doesn't make much difference, but I wasn't planning on disassembling my whole pump and I don't want parts spilling out everywhere.
Also ... can anyone tell me where the start capacitor is located on this motor?
Thanks in advance.
Pump: Jandy Stealth SHPM2.5
Motor: AO Smith O-193995-07