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    Pump makes clicking noise

    I have a 2nd hand (third?) above ground pool that I got from a friend. I have had it for a couple of years now with no problems. I live in Maine and close the pool every winter. I bring the pump and filter inside. I went to open the pool up for the spring and now have a problem with the pump. I have a two speed pump. The low speed works fine but the high speed doesn't work. When I turn the pump on to high, it makes a clicking noise.

    The pump is a Proline
    1.5 HP
    model SD-15-1A1100

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    Does it rotate at all on high?

    I can't find a lot about that pump on the web.

    It sounds like it could be a capacitor or the start switch. I'd suggest taking it to an electric motor shop to have it diagnosed if you're not familiar with doing that.
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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, the motor is turning when the switch is on high although it is turning slower than when it is on low. The clicking sound is similar to the sound when the motor starts on low. It is a consistent click...click...click sound.

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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    That sounds like the capacitor alright. You can replace it if you're handy. If you're not comfortable doing it any electric motor shop can do it for you.
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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    I thought it may be the capacitor after reading many other forum posts. I am pretty handy and plan to replace it myself. Any suggestions as to where I can pick one up?

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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    Electric supply houses and HVAC places will have them or you could order one online. Just match the mfd value and voltage value.
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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    Ok, so I replaced the capacitor today and it has not solved the problem. You suggested that it may be the start switch. Should I check that next or is there something else that you would suggest?

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    Sorry about that. The start switch is where I'd check next but that's not something most consumers can replace. You can look at it and see if the contacts are burnt. Sometimes filing them works.
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    Re: Pump makes clicking noise

    May just be time for a new motor.
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