I have a 6 year old Jandy Stealth pump, and as of today it won't start anymore when power is applied. It will hum for a while, then it shuts down. I can't really reach the impeller by sticking my hand and arm in the pipe, so I'm thinking I may need to take the pump cover off to see whether or not the impeller will turn freely. The manual says I should first drain the pump by loosening the unions, but I wanted to ask if I really need to do that. I don't really want to loosen connections that are currently good; I can just see myself dealing with slight leaks later when tightening things back up. Can I just take the cover off and deal with water spilling out as I check out the parts?
If I want to check or replace the start capacitor, I have questions about that also. The start capacitor is in its own housing on top of the motor housing. When I remove the cap housing, it appears that the cap is mounted inside this housing with a thin foam gasket underneath that is not supposed to be removed. Without removing it, however, I can't get to the cap. The gasket just has a small opening so that the wires can get through to the motor area. It looks like if I attempt to remove the gasket it will just tear apart and I won't have a good watertight seal anymore. Anybody know how I should deal with this? The manual seems to treat the start cap as just part of the whole motor assembly, rather than anything that would be replaced separately.