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When i plug in the gfi the tubs motor starts and with in seconds quits but the gfi is not knocked out i can push the relay contacts together and it will run as long as i manually hold them together

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Check all your wire connections to be sure there are no loose conections.

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We turned on our soaker tub, ran it for a bit, then it wouldn't turn off. I then flipped the circuit breaker off and now the tub will not start when you push the start button. Model B950.


If the switch is an air type switch check the tubing connected from the switch the control for kinks or pinched spots. This could be the cause of the problem. Hope this helps.
Bob

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It won't start. when I push the test reset button it attempts to come on for a second then nothing. I changed outlets and same thing happens. before I did this the water would come out of the nozzle...


Had a similar problem with a Karcher that I own, after a little troubleshooting it turned out to be the big plug end with the reset in it, I took the plug end apart and found the contacts inside had melted thus not allowing proper contact of the reset button, I opted for a cheap way out, instead of ordering a replacement reset plug assy i changed it over to a regular 3 prong gfi plug end, been working great the past few seasons,hope this helps

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I have a GE two speed motor/pump for a hot tub that I have adapted for a type of therapy called underwater pressure massage (all of the hot tub jets are channeled through a single hose for the high...


Disconnect both hot leads from the breaker at the box. Using an ohmmeter measure the resistance to ground or the neutral bar in your box. If the resistance is LESS than about 50 K you have excessive leakage current. It is unlikely the motor is the problem. I would check the wiring and switching for the leakage. Now to the second problem: If you switch between speeds while the unit is running, the GFI will LIKELY trip. This is normal as you create a massive transient that the GFI PROBABLY can't handle. There are a couple things to try: One is using a two pole control switch and turn off the pump before "switching gears" ... as an electrical engineer I can't explain this unless you can understand electrical transients AND capacitive coupling between the windings and the case of the motor. I realize you may have a combination speed and on off switch so you MIGHT have to add a switch. Ideally I would want a relay for on/off near the breaker that momentarily disconnected before shifting gears. The next fix possibility involves a trick we use to control transients in electronics. This involves noise control by using a toroid around the pair of hot wires. This MIGHT take several turns through a good sized ferrite toroid with both the hots in the same direction, side by side. This forms what we call a "Bi-Filar" choke. Look that up on Google to understand the principle... it essentially helps balance the currents in the hots and isolates them from ground for transients.

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When I try to turn off my Jacuzzi tub it will not turn off. I pushed the gfi and it went off. I then reset it a few days later and the tub would not turn off and this time the gfi would not shut it off. ...


You will need to have a technician from the store you purchased it from install a new switch.

To be up to code, you should have a GFI for your Jacuzzi to plug into and a GFI circuit breaker dedicated only for your Jacuzzi. I

If you already have it, that's great, but if not check with an electrician for installation.

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I have a kohler bath jet tub. When I push the button the motor tries to start and then trips the gfi breaker. Thought maybe it was the gfi breaker and replaced it. Wasn't it. I took out the gfi breaker and...


Did you try an electric motor rebuilder? $500 seems too high to repair a motor. Motors have either a capacitor or dual windings to get them started and it sounds like yours has failed. Get the numbers off the MOTOR and call a motor rebuilder in your area for pricing.
Gary

Jan 24, 2011 | Kohler Home

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My Whirlpool ciello only has a 2 prong plug. How do I ground the tub?


You can go to any metal part of the tub or electrical part (motor - valve - connection) and fasten a ground wire to that part using a nut and bolt or screw. I would suggest you use a screw that is already on the motor. Run the ground wire to a known good ground. The ground doesn't necessarily have to be the electrical outlet (a cold water piper, for example). There is that possibility that there is nothing metal that you will find exposed. That makes it a little tougher. If this tub came this way from the manufacturer (two prong plug), it is probably exempt from the grounding requirement. I would suspect that the manufacturer wants you to plug this device into a GFI. You can get a GFI at any store that sells electrical parts. A separate ground is NOT required for full protection when using a GFI. All consumer grade GFI (they look like a regular, rectangular outlet) come ready to accept a three prong plug and there will be a place to fasten your house wire ground to the device. As I said, the ground it not a requirement for correct and complete function of the device. If you don't have a GFI available where you are connecting the plug, change it or get a qualified electrician to change it for you. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PLUG THIS DEVICE INTO A STANDARD OUTLET . Use it only on a GFI protected circuit. The outlet you are considering may already be protected by a GFI breaker. You can only prove this by finding the breaker, turning it off and checking the outlet in question. If it is a GFI breaker, it will look different from the others - and have a test button on it. If you are unsure, replace it with a new GFI breaker. I suppose I should also say here that you should check with yout town building inspector as to the requirements before you proceed, so you will meet any local code requirements. If you live in North America, I am certain the GFI is a requirement for this installation, as the National Electrical Code requires it, (Canada and USA).

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My jacuzzi tub will not come on . fist it was making a humming sound , i turned it off checked the reset plug tried to turn it on and not a sound


mine did the same thing. the tub is plugged into a ground fault interupter (gfi) plug. hit the reset button. if this doesn't work, check the circuit the gfi is on, sometimes they are on the same circuit as the plugs at the sink. check them for reset also. if this fails, on the motor of the tub, there should be a reset button. try to reset it. OH first make sure the breaker has not been tripped.

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Kohler Whirlpool tub motor problem. Turn motor on and trips GFI. It looks like the GFI is wired right and suggestions


Unplug tub from GFI, does GFI hold, plug something else into GFI to see if it holds under load. If all is ok then make sure you have a good ground from the motor to the GFI and the polarity is good. If 120 vac black wire to gold post, white wire to silver post and ground to green. Check proper connections, including polarity and ground at tub junction box and at pump motor it self.

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My American Standard Whirlpool does not turn on. I push the Power button and don't hear anything. Circuit breaker is on, anyone have any ideas? Thanks!


Remove access panel make sure pump is plugged in some electricians put a GFI outlet under tub for motor make sure GFI did not trip. Next the switch is an air switch look for the hose going to switch is connected last you may need a new air switch which is common to fail

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My pump and heater had been working fine. Now the GFI is tripping. I reset it and start the pump and when I start the heater it trips the GFI again.


Gfi's will trip when there is a very small variance in the power across the circuit.
Check all the grounding connections, and all the terminal connections to make sure they are tight and secure.
Also it would be wise to check the GFI with a separate tester. They can malfunction, you can get a testing plug at a local hardware. It has a plug with lights on it and a test push button. Very handy to have in your tool arsenal as well.
If it checks out, then it's very likely it's doing its job correctly and protecting you from a worse issue.
If you cannot check these wirings, have a pro help you out.... better to spend a little than get shocked while in the tub...
k

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