Newbie needs electrical help with Pentair Superflo VS pump.

deandaniell

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We have always had a traditional pool. We moved and decided to invest in an Aquasport 52 instead. We are getting ready to order the supplies to run our Pentair Superflo VS 1.5 HP pump. We were planning to run the wire underground from our GE box. We are running 220. I read that you need a Siemens GFI to keep the breaker from tripping. It has been suggested we order the GE 220 breaker and run underground and come up at the pump pad and attach it to a Siemens BF220A 2 Pole Ground Fault Circuit Breaker. From there, tie into the pump. Is this the correct way to do it since a Siemens gfi breaker won't fit into a GE electrical box? I have been told three different ways to do it and I am really confused. We are hiring an electrician to do the work but we need the correct supplies on hand.
 

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You can try using a GE 240V GFCI breaker and see if you get GFCI trips. Or you can use a PA220GF or Siemens QP220AP breaker by the pump.

Harmonics from the variable frequency drive can cause false GFCI trips. Pentair PA220GF is a 20A 240V GFCI breaker that GFCI trips at 6ma. The PA220GF is supposed to be less sensitive to false GCFI trips from VS pumps.

The PA220GF is a relabeled Siemens CB (QF220AP) although some say Pentair may have additional quality control and selects breakers less susceptible to false GFCI trips.

 
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https://mall.industry.siemens.com/mall/EN/US/Catalog/Product/?mlfb=US2:pA220GF



Resists false tripping (shielded to prevent RF interference).
 
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deandaniell

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Thank you for the help. Anyone have an idea about the size of the breaker box I need coming up on the side of the pump? I appreciate your help so much! This is what I think I need.
 

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ajw22

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That is a safety switch disconnect box and not a circuit breaker panel.

You really should coordinate with the electrician doing the work on what he wants to use. What is best depends on where it is going to be placed.
 
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