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Pw5500 Calpump not working

We have a pw5500 Calpump waterfall pump that is only 18 months old. It works for a couple of minutes then trips the ground fault plug. I called Calpump and they told me it had water in the motor. When I stated that it was supposed to be a submersible pump I was informed that it could be a number of reasons and I should just buy a new pump. We really don't feel like buying a $179 pump every year and a half. We had a Little Giant pump that lasted 9 years but wasn't big enough for the pond expansion. Can anyone help?

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I have the PW2500...same problem after 15 months. I would love a pump that lasts for more thean 2 years. I don't think I'd increase the amps in the breaker.... they are there for a reason...

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    CalPump PW 5500 lasted eight months -Died sometime during the night - reasons unknow - not plugged, not dry - just died! These are worse than disposble diapers!


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Replace the breaker with a higher amp breaker . Thank you for useing fixya please take the time to rate me

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  • fixit dummy Nov 05, 2010

    You cant increase the breaker size with out changing the wire size, not only that, the breakers are not tripping, the ground fault is. Have a 100 amp breaker..the ground fault will still trip. This was a stupid suggestion.


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