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    How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Hey folks,

    Currently my pump is not hard-wired. But, from what I understand, Pumps are required to be hard-wired by code, and since I'm redoing the electrical around my pool I need to hard-wire my pump to pass inspection.

    In the past, I've always brought my pump in for the winter. Is there anyway to do the electric so that I can detach the hardwired pump (without actually undoing the hard-wiring) so that I can bring it in during the winter? Like maybe some kind of adapter or something? Or does everyone just leave it outside?

    Thanks
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Although some people do, I've never seen any reason why you would want to bring them in. Just remove the drain plugs and make sure its has all the water out of it. I live in Massachusetts and it gets below zero here sometimes and I dont know anybody that brings it in.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Same here. I've never brought anything inside for the winter. As mentioned, make sure all the water is out, and leave everything open. Yeah, it looks a bit weathered, but never had any issues.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Alright...Cool! Thanks everyone!
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Well, I am going to put in one vote for taking it in. Mine is exposed to the weather and I am convinced it will last longer. Moisture on an operating pump is taken care of twice a day by the heat of the motor. On an idle pump it just sits there for months corroding connections and bearings, plus freeze thaw cycles can't be good for caps.

    I am good with electric and pulling three wires off the timer and yanking the liquid-tight conduit off takes me maybe two minutes. Hooking up maybe three. Add 30 seconds for the bonding wire and a minute for the unions. Hard part is finding a kid to carry it into the basement.

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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    It is slightly better to take the pump in for the winter, if that is practical. Another option is to cover the pump with a couple of garbage bags to keep the moisture off.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    If you take the pump in for the winter, do you have to be concerned about the seals drying out?
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    No. Indoors or outdoors, the seals will be fine over the winter.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    OK, thanks Jason...
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    How about installing it 6 inches off the ground bolted to some cinder blocks, then putting a "house" over it for the winter?
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Mine is hard wired and I store it in my outdoor shed every season. Not as warm as my house, but at least its not exposed directly to the weather in the northeast. Im not sure if code says I need it hard wired......Ive been thinking about getting a waterproof plug/receptacle connection instead of having to deal with wiring the terminals every season.

    The filter, however, stays outdoors of course. I used to bring the multiport in but I stopped doing that too. It all seems to take the weather fine, although the multiport seems to get "sticky" faster.....just need to take it apart and grease the seals every now and then and its back to normal.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Having some kind of cover that keeps the rain off of the pump year round is always a good idea. The main thing is to make sure it still has enough ventilation so it doesn't overheat.
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    Re: How to Store a Hard-Wired Pump For The Winter?

    Actually the NEC does not require the pump to be hardwired but local codes may. It's best to check before you change it. The NEC does limit the length of the cord to 3' if it's a plug and cord.
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