Need Help - Careless mistake


New member
Jul 6, 2012
HI all,

Hoping someone can help me out here. My wife turned on the pump (Hayward 1.5HP 2 weeks old) while the valve between the skimmer and pump was closed. It ran this way for a while until I got home happened to go to the pump and notice. The pump then ran fine yesterday and no issues when I turned it off last night.

I know this is very very bad for the pump - any ideas what I should specifically look for? could it cause electrical issues with the pump? GFI tripping? just seize up?

Please help


LifeTime Supporter
Apr 30, 2011
Lynchburg VA
Welcome to TFP! I would think the main concern would be the motor overheating and seizing up or damage to the impellers/seals. I did something similar several years ago when I had a pool company come out and close my pool down and I had my pump on a timer. They left after closing everything down, and the timer turned my pump on for several hours. I didn't seem to hurt my pump at all. I would think as long as the pump is running now and not making any sty range noises you should be OK.....but that is just a guess. I am sure others will chime in with more concrete advice.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
I think if it is running, you are good for now. Might have shortened its life some though.

Posted with Tapatalk ... sorry if I sound short ... hate typing on phone ;)


Active member
Jul 20, 2007
You should be fine. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it's not leaking, you could have damaged the ceramic seal which is easily replaced.