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    Difficult to get pump to start

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    Hey, I have a very similar problem, difference is that my breaker doesn't trip, my pump just doesn't start until a few more attempts... I think it can be the capacitor?
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    Ok, the problem is that my pump doesn't start at the first attempt, I usually need to try 3 or 4 times before it does... The breaker does not trip it's just that I need to try several times and lately it's taking more attempts...

    Any suggestions on what to get checked out?

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    Why The Pump doesn't start in the first attempt?

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    Hi guys... New house with old pool, the problem is that my pump doesn't start at the first attempt, I usually need to try 3 or 4 times before it does... The breaker does not trip it's just that I need to try several times and lately it's taking more attempts...

    Any suggestions on what to get checked out?

    Thanks

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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    Sounds like the start capacitor.
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    Yeah, not an expert but that's what my common sense tells me... Thanks!
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    About duplicating the question, I'm sorry, I'm still learning this app and didn't find the original question.. Thanks again
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    OK, I got a new capacitor and it got better in the sense that now "When it starts" it starts immediately, so I think the new capacitor was needed anyway... The only remaining problem is that it doesn't start always at the first attempt... The breaker does not trip, it just doesn't start but after 2 or 3 attempts...

    I saw a video in YOutube where this guys was cleaning some chunks of plants out of the pump, do you guiys thing I should open my pump and look for any residual stuff that might be stock inside the pump?... any idea what else to check?... can it be electrical?

    Thanks in advance for your comments and ideas
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    How easy does the shaft turn by hand?

    Some motors have 2 capacitors, a start and a run. You sure you did not just replace the run one and the start one is still bad?
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    I dont have clear access to the shaft, I may need to take some stuff apart to try... I'm not sure about the extra capacitor, unless the other one is inside, outside has only one... I guess I need to open the pump...
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    If there are 2, one is usually inside the back cover by the wiring, also where you would try to turn the shaft (I think that is the start) and the hump on the side of the motor is the run capacitor.
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    It does, it does have another one !!! Lol ImageUploadedByTapatalk1412373564.267509.jpg
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    All I need now is to Amazon it!!

    Will post the results

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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    You might try finding a local electrical supply store and ask them if they have any start capacitors. You can give them the details of what's on that one hanging. Strange, I don't see the shaft in the center of the motor. Maybe your pic doesn't blow up well?
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    I found it in Amazon, its 5 buks

    Mars 11041 Motor Start Capacitors 36-43 MFD 250/220V
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    Link: http://amzn.com/B00E1N06RE

    and yeah, I was also expecting to see the shaft... I may need to look closer or move a few pieces away to get access to it... However this capacitor reads it was made in 2003, I think it can use a replacement LOL
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    Re: Difficult to get pump to start

    I'm in the electric motor repair business and it could be the centrifugal starting switch which is in the motor. If the contact is burnt the motor won't start.
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