November, 2013 Archives
by Lynn Demarest in Miscellaneous
Soft cialis One day my pool pump starting humming loudly before starting up. Soft cialis Then it started flipping the breaker and not starting at all, soft cialis except after several resets of the breaker. Soft cialis (This, soft cialis I later discovered, soft cialis was a dumb and dangerous thing to do. Soft cialis Breakers flip for a reason.)
Soft cialis I went on the Internet and found that a blown “start capacitor” is the usual reason a pool pump hums without starting.
Soft cialis Turns out the 2 horsepower electric motor that runs the pump has two capacitors, soft cialis a “run” capacitor riding inside its own little cover on top and a “start” capacitor hidden in the metal cap that is held on by two bolts to the end of the motor. (The left side of the picture to the right.)
Soft cialis I got a new capacitor and put it in. Soft cialis I started the pump up and the new capacitor blew its top.
Soft cialis I called my local electric motor repair shop. Soft cialis They told me I hooked up the capacitor wrong. Soft cialis There are two terminals on the capacitor. Soft cialis You’re supposed to hook both yellow wires to one side and the red-white wire to the other. Soft cialis I’d put the yellow wires on opposite terminals and blew it out immediately.
Soft cialis The shop closed at noon. Soft cialis It was eleven. Soft cialis I raced downtown to buy a second start capacitor and installed it as instructed. Soft cialis I also installed a new switch the guys at the shop gave me. Soft cialis It was, soft cialis seemingly, soft cialis simple to put in. Soft cialis But the motor died again.
Soft cialis I worked for hours trying to get the motor free from the pump. Soft cialis I have a Jacuzzi pump, soft cialis which connects to the motor with a large plastic connecting ring that screws on. Soft cialis I couldn’t budge it for the life of me. Soft cialis Neither could I remove the rusted-out Tapcon concrete anchors used to tie the pool pump itself to the slab.
Soft cialis I’d found a video on the net that said to use a rubber mallet to remove the ring. Soft cialis I didn’t have a rubber mallet, soft cialis but my wife felt sorry for me and ran out and bought one. Soft cialis Viola! Motor was free. Soft cialis Thinking I’d blown a second start capacitor, soft cialis somehow, soft cialis I lugged the motor to the shop. Soft cialis Later that day, soft cialis they told me the capacitor was fine. Soft cialis I’d screwed up installing the freebie switch and a wire had been cut by a nearby rotor. Soft cialis Forty dollars later, soft cialis I had a working pump motor and was a little wiser.
Soft cialis Now for the final challenge.
Soft cialis Like a dope, soft cialis I’d disconnected the pump motor without taking care to notice how it was connected to the three wires leading into the metal cap on the end. Soft cialis The green grounding wire was easy. Soft cialis It went under the green grounding screw. Soft cialis Then there were two blue wires. Turns out the pump is 230 volts A/C, soft cialis so both those wires are “hot” and it doesn’t matter which terminal they plug into. Soft cialis The motor will work either way. Soft cialis So I plugged one wire onto L1 and the other on L2 and let it rip.
Soft cialis Nothing blew up, soft cialis the pump started, soft cialis praise Jesus.
Soft cialis As it turned out, soft cialis I fixed the pump for less than $100 and a few hours of research and trial and error.
Soft cialis At least I didn’t electrocute myself.
Soft cialis The troubles won’t end here, soft cialis however. Soft cialis The guys at the shop told me the bearings in the motor are going to fail soon, soft cialis and that means either replacing them myself (having the shop do it would cost more than half what a new motor would) or buying a new motor for between two- and three-hundred dollars.
Soft cialis Or I could fill the pool with dirt and plant tomatoes.