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    Pump's dead - any advice?

    Pump is a AO Smith and less than 1 year old. Has worked great until this. I have tried bumping and knocking hoping the contacts were stuck. Can't reach the pump but seems unlikely that it's stuck on debris. I was reluctant to take off the back housing as its a tight fit against a wall and that will take hours to get at. Any suggestions?
    33K IG 1967 45' X 20' Roman 4-8 ft plaster/gunite. Triton Sand, 1.5 HP pump. Indoor with Screen Atrium top. Bought a Swamp with Nails Glass and Trash with An Algae Encrusted Astroturf Surround. On par and thankful to TFP since 4/2010. A good test kit is your friend! Using a K-2006, refills from TFTest kits.

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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    I got a new AO Smith & it was loud! I called& let em here it, they sent a new one. Call em
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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    What happens when you flip the switch? Does it make any noise or hum or anything like that?
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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    Welcome to TFP!!

    As it's a new motor, a possible cause is a stuck impeller. You could try removing the strainer basket and turning the impeller with a screwdriver (**be sure the power is off and won't turn back on while you're doing this!!!!**)

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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    Thanks for all the suggestions. It is raining hard today so when it lets up I'll give the scrediver a try and report back.
    33K IG 1967 45' X 20' Roman 4-8 ft plaster/gunite. Triton Sand, 1.5 HP pump. Indoor with Screen Atrium top. Bought a Swamp with Nails Glass and Trash with An Algae Encrusted Astroturf Surround. On par and thankful to TFP since 4/2010. A good test kit is your friend! Using a K-2006, refills from TFTest kits.

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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    If it's less than a year old it should be under warranty. If you do end up fixing it yourself and it's not something you did wrong (like something jammed in the impeller) then I would definitely have them replace it under warranty.
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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    if there's any rust or calcium deposits on it, it more than likely won't be covered

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    Re: Pump's dead - any advice?

    It's Alive, It's Alive!!

    Thanks to all for the great advice and suggestions. The points were pretty pitted and scored. scrapped them down and did a bit of "gapping" and it fired right up. Reminded me of an old 4 cylinder car I had back in the days of points, rotors, distributors etc.
    33K IG 1967 45' X 20' Roman 4-8 ft plaster/gunite. Triton Sand, 1.5 HP pump. Indoor with Screen Atrium top. Bought a Swamp with Nails Glass and Trash with An Algae Encrusted Astroturf Surround. On par and thankful to TFP since 4/2010. A good test kit is your friend! Using a K-2006, refills from TFTest kits.

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