So, yesterday (it was about 90F out), I got home from the gym and saw that the pool temperature read 95F. Realizing that it would be impossible for the pool to go from 85-95 overnight (without the propane running), I went out to the pool and noticed that the pump wasn't running.
Hmm, so I turned it off, and turned it back on again, nothing. I then turned everything off, turned off all the breakers, and brought everything up. The pump turned on, then started to smoke, then the breaker broke (it happened so fast, that there wasn't much I could do). This is a new pool (just less then 2 years). The pump is a Hayward NorthStar 2HP (dual speed) pump which has never really given us trouble (except our salt cell always reads No Flow on low speed, but I think that was unrelated, there was some flow, just not enough to run the salt cell).
Hopefully this will be warranty replaced (pool company is coming out in a few days, which is the earliest they can do). The water level, was low, but not too low (certainly not below the skimmers). The pump basket is still full with water (so I don't think it was a loss of water/burnout).
A couple of questions:
1) Any ideas on what could cause this?
2) We have had issues with our flow rate at the slow speed of our pump, it has really been bugging me. Our pool company was going to have Hayward come out and take a look, but obviously we have to fix the pump first.
If for some reason, I have to pay out the nose to fix this (for some reason, the warranty doesn't cover it), I am thinking maybe I should go with a variable speed pump (so that I can make the low speed just high enough to allow my SWG to run). The pool company says the variable speed pumps have been less reliable for them (man, if it is less reliable then the 2 years I got out of my dual speed pump, I will be in trouble). Also, could my Hayward (Goldline Controls) controller control another brand Variable Speed pump? I keep hearing that Hayward isn't as good, especially for the variable speed pump.
Thanks in advance.