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Waterway spa pump tripped breaker & now is making noise. Doesn't seem to be moving water like it did.

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Get a new motor asap. Get the old one rewired, new bearings, for a spare.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013


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SOURCE: got a waterway 1.5 hp 1 speed 115/230v, wired 115 need 230

Is there a coverplate where the wires come out of the pump? If so, remove the plate and there should be a wiring diagram inside.
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Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Rule H53sp-24 pool cover pump trips GFI breaker

GFI devices are prone to degrade over time. Also, when used outdoors there are additional moisture issues that may cause sufficient current leakage to trip the breaker.

I had a similar problem this Spring. I was using a 20 amp GFI "master" outlet that protected two additional outlets 'downstream' of it (wired to the 'load' terminals on the GFI outlet- I'd have the check the doc. to see what terminology was used here). The pump was plugged into one of the downstream outlets.

Replacing the GFI seemed to solve the problem. I did ante up $20 for an 'outdoor' model of the 20 amp GFI unit, several bucks more than the standard 'indoor' unit - have no ideal if that represented additional value or not.

Note also, that this is the third such pump I have used for my pool cover. The other two failed to come on at all after about a year's use. The mfg replaced them under warranty (I may have had to send back the old pump - I forget!).


Posted on Apr 19, 2009

SOURCE: rule 1800 pool cover pump trips breaker

It sounds like the pump motor has shorted. Probably time to invest in another one.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: How do you remove the impeller

Take off the back of the motor, put a wrench on the shaft and turn the impeller by hand to loosen. It may be reverse threaded.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

SOURCE: I have a Sundance Spa that has started tripping the breaker

It is unlikely the Breaker is BAD, that just doesn't happen. To trip a breaker there MUST be an Overload, or a Short circuit, that's it. You will have to use a meter an troubleshoot the system. Something is very wrong..please use the links below to troubleshoot and repair. Please Be careful.

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