Need some help/advice.
About a month ago my 1 1/2 hp pool motor starting tripping the breaker sporadically. Around 3 weeks ago it tripped it after running for 15 minutes and would not reset. The breaker smelled a bit burnt and hot. I let it cool down and reset it then again it would run for 10-15 minutes and trip again. I decided to leave it alone and take it part to take in to my local pool shop when I had time.
I took it in last week and was told the motor was about to go and was probably better off replacing with a new one since it was 7 years old. A very good run as they only last 3-5 years.
I decided to go with a beautiful state of the art variable speed 2.7 hp VO Green Century motor. I got around to installing and programming it this morning. It was running super nice and quiet. 10 minutes later... The breaker tripped. Same smell and still quite warm.
Called my pool store and after brainstorming for a bit. The owner suggested to replace the double 20 breaker as it MAY be that it went bad.
Before I venture into that in the next few days. Is there anything else I should be looking into?