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Thread: Pool pump quit

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    South Texas

    Pool pump quit

    Hello! A couple days ago when I went to turn my pump on low to backwash it sparked by the switch. I ordered a new toggle switch but the pump still won't come on. Anything else I can check or did that spark blow the motor? If the pump is blown, do you have a suggestion for a replacement? I know I want 2 speeds but what HP do I need? This one is 1.5 HP and not sure if I should get the same, more, or less. My pool and filter info is in my signature. And where can I get one for a good price? Thank you so much for the wealth of advice y'all provide!!!
    Just bought a new house in the country, no pool yet. :(
    Hot tub..500 gals..bromine
    TF100 test kit and speedstir

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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Pool pump quit

    a 1 HP 2 speed should be good enough. Try a google search.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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    Jun 2012
    western NY

    Re: Pool pump quit

    A spark would prompt me to check for a tripped circuit breaker before I went and bought a new motor/pump. This is kind of like buying a new car because a headlight is out. A spark near the switch could have tripped a breaker or a GFCI. Check all of those first. If you have and know how to use a Volt/OHM meter, I would start checking for voltage at the motor and switch as well. As far a "blowing" a motor. I doubt it. Motors can take small overcurrent events for very short intervals without damage. If id did spark, I doubt there was any kind of significant overvoltage event.
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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