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    HELP - I think my pump died!

    I have an Astral Pools IGP2010 pool pump. This is the web page for the pump:

    http://www.astralpoolusa.com/index.p...art&Itemid=318

    Anyway, tonight I noticed that the pump has stopped working. I imagine it's only been for a day or two at the most since I saw/heard the pump running on Sunday afternoon. I checked out the timer and it is getting electricity there, as the dial is moving. When I go to manually flip the switch at the timer to turn the pump on nothing happens. No sounds, no sparks, nothing.

    Is it safe to assume the pump is dead? If not, what can I do to check it out.

    If it is dead, can I just replace the pump motor (assuming that is the problem)? Or should I replace the whole unit. Obviously, just replacing the motor would be cheaper.

    Also, how long should a pump last?
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    It could be something as simple as the contacts on the timer being burnt. Especially since you hear no sound at all. I hope it's that simple. If it's a plug in model you can just unplug the pump and plug it into a receptacle to check it.
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    First thing to do is check the timer. Turn it on manually and check the leads going to the pump. If nothing, then you know it is the timer.
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    The contacts on the timer appears fine and not burnt. The timer is working in the sense that the dial is turning when I go to check it it is at the right time. When I flip the on/off switch on the timer nothing happens. I guess I could wire the pump directly to the electrical wiring and see if it comes on when I flip the breaker back on.

    Does this approach make sense or sounds reasonable?

    If it ends not starting should I buy a just a motor or just replace the whole pump?

    I know it's cheaper to just buy the motor but if the rest of it is prone to fail then I guess I should look into replacing the whole pump.
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    If your pump is relatively new (less than 4 or 5 years) and all the other parts are good I'd just replace the motor.
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    If your pump is relatively new (less than 4 or 5 years) and all the other parts are good I'd just replace the motor.
    We bought the house in early 2005. The pool was built sometime in 2001-2002 but I don't know if they used a new pump or reused a pump from somewhere else.
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Put your hand on it and see if it is hot. I took mine to a local electric motor repair shop and they can test/fix it for usually less than a new pump. I would try that first.
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Yes, you can hook the pump directly to the feed lines on the timer (ie. directly to power), and see if the pump comes on when you turn on the breaker.

    If it does not come on, then I'd just replace the motor and not the entire pump, with one exception - you are sure you did not run the pump dry.
    25' x 13' Roman, 12000 gal IGP, Plaster, with 500 gal Spa
    SWG, 1 HP Max Flo Pump, C-900 cartridge filter
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Quote Originally Posted by fordsbyjay
    Put your hand on it and see if it is hot. I took mine to a local electric motor repair shop and they can test/fix it for usually less than a new pump. I would try that first.
    If it's warm/hot but isn't running does it mean the motor is shot since it obviously getting electricity to heat it up? How about if it stays cool to the touch? Also, if you remove the motor to have repaired or replaced do you have to replace any seals etc.?
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Quote Originally Posted by lborne
    Yes, you can hook the pump directly to the feed lines on the timer (ie. directly to power), and see if the pump comes on when you turn on the breaker.

    If it does not come on, then I'd just replace the motor and not the entire pump, with one exception - you are sure you did not run the pump dry.
    Thanks! I figured I'd try that second after seeing if the motor gets hot but doesn't run. The pump shouldn't have been ran dry since the water level is high in the pool and the pump basket etc. is loaded with water.
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    If I replaced the motor I'd replace the mechanical shaft seal. That's the one that keeps the water in.

    I'll second the motor shop idea too. They can tell you what's wrong with it in a few minutes.
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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    The pump is cool to the touch and doesn't change temperature when the timer is "on".
    Pool Size: 8600 gallons - rectangle 12'x24'
    Pool Type: Inground with vinyl liner
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Series S244T - 300# Sand Filter
    Pump: Astral Pools IGP2010 - 1HP

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    That still does not mean it is the timer. The best bet is to check the power output with a meter. At least that is what I'd do to verify it is the timer before taking the motor off and bringing it to a shop. If you don't have a meter you can use a hair dryer that has a 220V setting to check 220V lines. If you are not comfortable with electricity, and it seems you might not be, then as they say - Don't try this at home. 220 is serious.
    25' x 13' Roman, 12000 gal IGP, Plaster, with 500 gal Spa
    SWG, 1 HP Max Flo Pump, C-900 cartridge filter
    Solar heat

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    Re: HELP - I think my pump died!

    Quote Originally Posted by SCpoolOwner
    I have an Astral Pools IGP2010 pool pump. This is the web page for the pump:

    http://www.astralpoolusa.com/index.p...art&Itemid=318

    Anyway, tonight I noticed that the pump has stopped working. I imagine it's only been for a day or two at the most since I saw/heard the pump running on Sunday afternoon. I checked out the timer and it is getting electricity there, as the dial is moving. When I go to manually flip the switch at the timer to turn the pump on nothing happens. No sounds, no sparks, nothing.

    Is it safe to assume the pump is dead? If not, what can I do to check it out.

    If it is dead, can I just replace the pump motor (assuming that is the problem)? Or should I replace the whole unit. Obviously, just replacing the motor would be cheaper.

    Also, how long should a pump last?
    I'm pretty clueless when it comes to electricity. When opening the pool for the season, my pump made a funny noise when I first turned it on and it tripped the breaker. I tried it again with the same result. I took the whole unit to a guy who fixes motors. He got it back to me in about 3 hours for under $100 and it ran fine for the rest of the season. He's a pool owner also, and was going on vacation so was happy to get the cash that day. Before finding him (google search), I'd called a motor repair place also; they estimated $120 and a week turn-around. I also checked Amazon.com for the entire unit as well as just the pump, and also checked craigslist to see if anyone had the same-sized unit in the event that it couldn't be fixed. Maybe one of those solutions will work for you.

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