RE: [hreg] Pool Pump Alternatives
Good chance it is just the capacitor, as well -- that is the big lump looking thing on the side of the motor. Gives the motor a little "boost" to start it turning. If the capacitor goes bad, it will just hum and then kick off.But yeah, a variable speed pump or variable speed drive would definitely take down the start-up current if you wanted to run it from a DC source like PV panels.
--- On Sun, 10/9/11, Swim <swim@...> wrote:
From: Swim <swim@...>
Subject: RE: [hreg] Pool Pump Alternatives
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011, 10:36 PM
There is possibly a short somewhere or the impeller may congealed with debris and binding. Once you determine the cause of the breaker trip you will be better situated to make a decision on a pump. If a new pump is a requirement, you might want to consider a variable speed pump. Do you have a pool and spa, or just a pool? Most pools are not hydraulically engineered correctly and as a result flow rates and gpm’s are not considered when sizing a pump for you application.
Our pool pump seems to be on its last legs as every time it comes on it switches off at the fuse box. I'm wondering what renewable energy/energy conservation alternatives are available rather than just putting $350 towards a new pump on the same old system.
Thanks in advance!