hayward super pump c48k2n143b1 dead after brown out

Mj1804

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Jun 18, 2018
7
Brewster/NY
We had a brown out on Wednesday and the pump hasn’t turned on since. I replaced the 20 amp breaker in the outdoor box because the current one wasn’t tripping to neutral/tripped when I would hit the test button, but seems to have still been cutting power... might be the issue.

No luck. New breaker trips when I turn on the pump and I hear nothing, it just trips immediately.

I purchased this home a few years ago and have properly winterized the pump, but that’s about it for care. It showed no signs of having issues before the brown out and I’d hate to have to buy a new one given the cos of a super pump.

Help!?!?108748
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
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Let's ask @JamesW to provide you some thoughts before you jump to replacement.

Be sure to keep adding your daily liquid chlorine to the pool and mix it in with your brush, robot, etc.

Hah! He jumped in before I pinged him! Thanks JamesW!
 

Mj1804

Member
Jun 18, 2018
7
Brewster/NY
Alright James, I’m going to see if I can get the capacitor off and find a replacement tonight. I’ll hopefully be able to get one at Home Depot. Update soon
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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When you remove the back cover to get to the capacitor, you will see the power wires on the terminals. Take one off and then check the voltage line to line. Don't do anything that you don't feel comfortable doing.
 

Mj1804

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Jun 18, 2018
7
Brewster/NY
When you remove the back cover to get to the capacitor, you will see the power wires on the terminals. Take one off and then check the voltage line to line. Don't do anything that you don't feel comfortable doing.
Sure- but I’ll need to have power flowing to the pump for this, right?
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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Turn off power, remove one wire from the pump terminal, turn on power and then test the voltage. Make sure that the loose wire is not touching anything.

Don't do this if you don't feel comfortable dealing with electricity.
 

Mj1804

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Jun 18, 2018
7
Brewster/NY
Turn off power, remove one wire from the pump terminal, turn on power and then test the voltage. Make sure that the loose wire is not touching anything.

Don't do this if you don't feel comfortable dealing with electricity.
Found AN issue that’s a completely fried wire.


Pic 3-5...

No clue what kind of havoc this wreaked on the innards
 
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JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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The motor looks like it gets excessive corrosion. Does it get wet or do you store chemicals nearby?

I suspect that the connection was corroded, which increases the resistance.

That, coupled with the incorrect voltage, probably caused the connection to overheat.

I suspect that the voltage might have been too high for a few minutes.
 

Mj1804

Member
Jun 18, 2018
7
Brewster/NY
Hey James-

The motor gets a lot of rain from where the pad is placed, but no chemicals are stored near it.

I think you’re right about why the wiring went **** up.


I replaced the capacitor and reworded the plug. Cleaned the connections and she stayed up this morning no problem.

I’m in your debt, my friend. Whole issue cost me 56.78 and that’s because I chose to buy a new 42 dollar breaker and an extra capacitor. Now to keep this pump running for another 8 years....