pump throwing breaker

raydimarcello

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Jul 17, 2017
17
Chester Springs
Came down this morning to find the pump not running and the breaker tripped. Pump is humming/drawing current but just throws breaker after a couple seconds. Opened up the pipe fittings and don't see anything. Pump just go bad? any ideas?

Jandy Pro Stealth
 

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mknauss

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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Turn the power off. See if you can spin the motor (normally can use a screwdriver at the motor end).

Does the motor have a capacitor?
 

raydimarcello

Bronze Supporter
Jul 17, 2017
17
Chester Springs
Yes, theres a cap that says shaft access. I removed and can spin it freely by hand. Tried switch again and same result.

How do i tell if it has a capacitor and why is that important?
 

Wally oasis

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May 21, 2021
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Liquid Chlorine
The capacitor starts the motor turning. If it's bad it won't turn the motor. It will just sit there and hum. You'll need to good electrical test meter with a capacitor setting to test the capacitor.
 

mknauss

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Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Please post pictures directly to the forum. Many of us will not click on links to photo sites (nor have a Google account).
 

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