Hi Folks, what a great service this forum is for folks that like to do things on their own within their limits. I've been in our home since 2005. I have a custom shaped inground pool that has a waterfall and two sconces. I used to have solar heating panels until they leaked, and I the them away. At that time, I had a 1-1/2 HP Sta-Rite pump that I think burned up because it was too much pump for my system minus the solar panels?? Anyway, I've had a nightmare installing my new Pentair WhisperFlo 3/4 HP pump. I'm a pretty handy repair guy...what can be so difficult about cutting some PVC pipes, unscrewing a few bolts, removing 3 wires plus the earth ground and doing it all in reverse...right! Did all of that and the motor wouldn't start...not a peep. Took it to Pinch-A-Penny and they confirmed it was a bad motor. To Pentair's credit, they honored my assessment and sent out a new motor with very few questions asked. I bought it from one of the Ebay big pool sellers. Once I hooked her up, presto...she worked yet my top male PVC connector leaked a bit. I sprayed some of that Flex Seal (twice) and she still squirts. I may try some of that Mighty Fix It Tape or Mighty Putty before I have to cut and reinstall PVC pipe/fitting again. ArghHHHH!!! If anyone has some suggestions here, would love to hear them.
I ran the pump for about an hour today and it was hot to the touch on the back end. I have 2" pipes coming in to the pump and 1-1/2" pipes for the return. The pool pump spects are:
The Pentair WhisperFlo 011771 WF-23 high performance in-ground pool pump sets the industry standard for pool pumps. Tech specs for WF-23: .75HP, 115/230V, 1-speed, up rated, 10.8/5.4 full load amps, 2" x 2" port size (NTP). I installed it with 230V like my old pump, switch set to 230V. A few blogs I've read said that pumps tend to run hot at around 130-140 degrees.
My last pump did not get nearly this hot. Do you think I'm okay?
Also, since I'm not an electrician, can I...or...should I run it at 115 volts, would that reduce my power bill or does that matter? Could that be causing the heat problem, running it at 230V vs 115V?
I appreciate any responses in advance. Thanks