recurring pump problems

Gingermom

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Sep 16, 2017
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Pool built in 2008 - Hayward. 2014 - 1st replacement motor on pump. 2018 pump motor went out - replaced motor and seal invoice says the brand was Jandy. March 2020 pump quick running - had it replaced Invioce says Regal. October it was leaking, they said mechanical seal failed and replace that ( of course out of warranty) August 2021 - again came out and replaced pump and seal. Friday I go in the backyard and notice the pool is not on. I check and when I hit the switch the motor hums, but nothing, so I put in on service mode and left a message at the pool company. It does not seem like these motors should be failing so often. I am wondering if there is a different problem, are they using inferior pumps? seals?
 

Gingermom

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Sep 16, 2017
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Houston, TX
What specific model pump?

Post pics of the pump and all the labels on it.

Motor humming but not starting is often the start capacitor that is in the hump on many motors.


So that black rounded thing on top might house it? Is that something they would replace when they install a new pump? Is there anything to keep this from tripping if I get it replaced? How long do they typically last? Is this something I can suggest to the repair people I have been using who seem to just want to replace, or do I need to convince dear Hubby to do it? One of the links has a list of questions including what is the temperature of the housing? Black pump housing, Texas Sun - means it likely gets pretty hot. Does get some shade because we have a fence around it - would providing shade improve the life of a capacitor?
 
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ajw22

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So that black rounded thing on top might house it?

Yes.

Is that something they would replace when they install a new pump?

It would come new with a new pump.

Is there anything to keep this from tripping if I get it replaced?

It does not trip. It either works or it needs to be replaced.

How long do they typically last?

A few years to many years.

Is this something I can suggest to the repair people I have been using who seem to just want to replace, or do I need to convince dear Hubby to do it?

If Dear Hubby is comfortable working with basic electrical stuff he should be able to replace the capacitor.

One of the links has a list of questions including what is the temperature of the housing? Black pump housing, Texas Sun - means it likely gets pretty hot. Does get some shade because we have a fence around it - would providing shade improve the life of a capacitor?

Many folks in your area cover their pump motor. Pentair and others sells a over...

 

Gingermom

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Gingermom

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I have been using the people who built our pool for these type of repairs--- but since they said they never replace just the capacitor, I checked with the local pool store - that said sure we can do that, but you realize your pump in still under warranty and whoever put it in last August should replace the whole thing.... so I went back to the pool company - who "checked" on it and sure enough, it's under warranty. Which made be look at some of the other times they had claimed " out of warranty". So next Tuesday - 13 days after my first call to them, they are coming out to replace it. After they replace this pump, I will be looking for another "go to" place when I need repairs. If it hadn't been for this group mentioning the capacitor, I probably would have gotten stuck for the cost of yet another motor.
 

ajw22

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If it hadn't been for this group mentioning the capacitor, I probably would have gotten stuck for the cost of yet another motor.

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