Flooded pump motor. Repair or replace?

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Welcome to TFP! :wave: If the pump was only recently submerged, there might be a chance you could blow it dry and salvage it. But if the pump sat in a foot of water for about a year's worth of time, I'm not so optomistic you can save it. Don't forget to update your signature with your spa and equipment info so we know what products you have, and also consider updating yoru profile location for us as well.

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In The Industry
Jul 20, 2017
Windsor, Ontario. Canada
It could go either way. Without opening up the motor / motors it is impossible to tell from here. Could be a stuck starter winding switch or frozen bearings. Both a $10 repair for someone that can do themselves. If it was dried out real good before firing up the windings should be ok. Capacitor may have bit the bullet also. You need a handyman / friend that can take it apart and see.


New member
Dec 28, 2012
It didnt sit in water the entire year. But likely safe safe to assume once a month it flooded. It had been 2 weeks from the last flood and to being powered on. So may have dried out, but this is in Houston,tx so some things take a really long time to dry out.


May 11, 2011
Mesquite, Tx
Usually protocol for submerged motors is drying the windings in an oven by an electric motor shop, went through this in the 90's for an industrial customer. In time it might dry out itself, but the capacitors and centrifugal (start winding) switch might need cleaning or replacement.