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Thread: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

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    Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    Ok, I just got my pool cover motor rebuilt for $270 and then took it back home and installed it to realize it didn't work. I took the motor and switch assembly which includes this pool saver limiter to the electric repair shop. They said they could bypass it by wiring in a 120V key switch at $280 which would take them one hour. I said WOW and told them I would come grab the motor and switch assembly and seek a second opinion. Since the recession and being pool related I think companies are doubling service prices.

    So I called Pool Saver "SunSystems" and they said a 120V key switch is $230 plus $20 shipping. I laughed knowing anything pool related is 20X the price of the normal part. So Here I am searching for ideas, maybe hoping someone with experience with electronics and or Pool Saver could help.

    Attached is a wiring diagram for what I currently have and an additional diagram of bypassing the limiter by installing a 120V key switch. Wondering what kind of 120V key switch would work?
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    It's hard to tell without an actual schematic of the switch itself but it looks like a double pole single throw switch. What you're doing is shorting the limits to the return which is what the limit switches do when they're made. A double pole double throw will work you will just use one throw.

    Why do you suspect the limits?
    I emplore you not to run the system in bypass except for testing.
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    The limiter box is broken according to a repair shop. Pool Saver wants $550 for that box or they said I can bypass the limiter by using a 120v Key Switch for $230 which also the cover to open when the key is turned and stops when I let go.
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    I am having the same problem. Did you ever get yours going again? If so, how?

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    I have yet to find a solution.. Do you have a pool saver motor and switch?

    I think my next approach is to go to an electrical supply warehouse and see if they could fit me with some kind of switch.
    24K Gallon 16X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S220T Sand Filter with 3/4 HP Pentair Superflo.
    Taylor K-2006

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    Yes. Going to take the motor and have it checked out today.

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    Let me know what you come up with!
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    I had to purchase a switch from Pool Saver to make the motor work for the auto cover. It now works like a dream! Just installed a new beige cover and it looks great!
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    Realize this is an old thread, but I just replaced my poolsaver switch with this: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/se ... sst=subset

    Works perfectly. FWIW

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    That good to know you can get a switch for little cost. I would put mine in a lock box so no one could open the pool cover. My is the same as above it is a switch with a key and it was about the same price $250.00 I'm going to need a new cover. I have had mine since 2001. It is a cost savor. I got a used system including the cover (cover brand new) for $2100.00 installed.

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    Where did you finally buy the PoolSaver black box with the limit switches? My limit switch box just broke.

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    I would build my own limit switch box, but I do not know how the cover limit switches work. I assumed the magnetic switches turn on or off a relay. That could work, but somehow the limit switch box knows which limit switch has been hit using only two wires for both limit switches. The limit switches are wired in parallel. Any ideas?

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Motor Wiring/Bypassing Limiter

    jls667, If you haven't fixed you limit switch problem yet I have a few in stock as well as motors & switches that I stock piled when I was in the business... just give me a call 407-690-1220 Al

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