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#187735 - 07/08/09 08:35 AM Pool pump question.  
petey_c  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 62
Miller Place, NY USA
Got a service call while at a supply house. Older man said that his pump (1 HP 120 VAC Hayward) had tripped his GFI and wouldn't reset. So he changed the GFI and it still tripped. Okay, I figured that he installed it incorrectly. Got to his house and it was a dedicated 15 amp circuit with the GFI wired correctly. PVC pipe from the panel, to a switch, then to the box for the GFI. Here's what transpired: changed GFI, still tripping. (Initial start current 17.5 amps (for about half a second), then settles down to 10.8). Ran temp 14/2 from panel to GFI, still trips. GFI in garage runs pump without tripping. Gremlins or...? Thanks, petey.

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#187737 - 07/08/09 08:48 AM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: petey_c]  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,211
SI,New Zealand
You own a Megger?
What I would do is disconnect the motor, open the terminal box up, disconnect the C-switch and megger the Start and Run windings to Ground.
That should give you an idea of what is going on there.
It sounds to me like you have a winding down to Ground within the pump motor.

With it being a 120V motor, you should only use a 250V megger test.

Hope this is of help.

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#187738 - 07/08/09 08:53 AM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: Trumpy]  
petey_c  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 62
Miller Place, NY USA
Trumpy, I'll borrow a megger from my other job. This pump is only three years old. We thought it was probably going south due to all the rain we've had here this past few weeks, but when it didn't trip the other GFI... I just didn't want the customer to spend $400-500 for a new pump to have the same problem arise.

#187741 - 07/08/09 11:48 AM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: petey_c]  
gfretwell  Offline

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If it was water I would expect the problem to clear if you ran the pump for a while ... at least until it rains again.
I know the drill I use to mix mortar and grout will trip the GFCI if I get it a little wet but if I take it to a non-GFCI and run it for a minute or two the problem goes away. wink

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#187758 - 07/08/09 09:34 PM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: gfretwell]  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,826
Brick, NJ USA

Hang on a sec...
You said the pump runs from another GFI in the garage??

Did you check the switch, etc wiring without the pump plugged in? And the conductors in the PVC?

Does he have a straight blade male cap on the Hayward pump? AG pool pumps are factory (Hayward) with twistlock!

The GFI is a GFI receptacle at the pump location?


#187776 - 07/09/09 12:09 PM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: HotLine1]  
sabrown  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 302
Ogden, Utah, USA
I am sorry to ask this, as I am sure you have already thought of it, but does the GFI that the pump will run on trip using the test button on it?

#187793 - 07/09/09 09:16 PM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: sabrown]  
ChicoC10  Offline
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 169
Sounds like the GFI in the garage could be bad. Try running a cord to the bathroom and/or kitchen, assuming they have GFI's.

#187806 - 07/10/09 09:10 AM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: ChicoC10]  
petey_c  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 62
Miller Place, NY USA
This is why I thought of gremlins...: Dedicated 15 A 120 VAC ckt. to SP switch to GFI (GFI 1) near pump location. Changed customer supplied GFI (GFI 1 to my own GFI 2) - still trips. Runs okay on another (older) GFI (GFI 3) in garage on extension cord. Bypassed switch - still trips. Bypassed entire run from panel to GFI, still trips. Changed breaker (getting desperate...) - still trips. Runs okay on non-GFI receptacle (and draws 17 + amps for a half a sec or so). Ground and neutral connections good. Replaced GFI 3 with GFI 2 and it runs okay. (cue spookey music....)Thinking about going to a GFI breaker....

#187817 - 07/10/09 05:43 PM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: petey_c]  
FountainGuy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 30
Lawrenceville,GA, U.S.A
Petey, I think that the 1HP pump at 115V should be on a 30A breaker, but the system might squeek by with a 20A breaker. I don't think that its a ground fault issue. The #14 wire is ok, but my Square-D motor sizing chart says that the breaker should be 30A.

Below is a link from Square D so that you can download an IEC Motor Data Calculator and other small but helpful product selection programs. Hope this helps.

#187820 - 07/10/09 06:39 PM Re: Pool pump question. [Re: petey_c]  
LarryC  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 783
Winchester, NH, US
When you tested the pump with the first and second GFI in the garage(GFI 3 & GFI 2), was the pump still connected to the pool water? Perhaps the ground leakage path is thru the pump shaft, into the pool water and to earth via the pool ...

Obvious question: Can you verify the connection between the ground pin of the pump cord plug and the pump & motor case?

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