Hi all -
I recently finished rebuilding my pool which hadn't been opened in 9 years by the previous owners. One thing that came with it was a polaris 380, which I dont have any experience with.
I purchased new hose and fittings and plumbed the pump back into the system to test it out. I had left the pressure line fully open with no restriction, and plugged the pump in. After about 30 seconds of operation, the breaker had tripped and the pump's plug was hot to the touch. Is this normal operation? Does the pump require some load or restriction in order to limit it's current draw? I assume it's wired for 120V as its a regular NEMA 5-15 plug on it.
I reset the breaker and attempted to give it another go, this time with the polaris 380 plugged in to give it the necessary load, but as soon as I plugged it in, I noticed muddy water boiling and spitting through my pavers, so I have to find the break in the line before I can try again.
I just want to know if I should go through all the hassle of pulling up the pavers and trenching down to the line, or should I just resign myself to vacuuming by hand for all of eternity? If the pump seems to be bad, it will certainly affect my decision.