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Old 05-21-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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pool pump and timer fried???


I have an intermatic timer for my pool pump. The previous owner had the wiring coming through the front of the timer box. So I disconnected the wires and brought them through the bottom hole as they should have been.
But when connecting them back up. I connected the hot wire and lead wire right but also connected the 2nd pole wire from the breaker to the neutral on the timer. Yes I know very stupid mistake.
When flipping the breaker of course there was a flash and burn smell from the timer. This is coming from a sub panel.
So I disconnected the white pole wire and tried resetting the breakers. But I get nothing from the pool pump.
I even tried eliminating the timer and connecting the pump directly to the breaker. Still nothing.
My question is....Did I fry just the timer and or the pump itself?
Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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Who knows. Start the elimination process. Remove everything from the breaker and see if it will reset. Then make sure you have the correct voltage. (leaving the breaker) Connect the timer the right way and see if the timer runs. (look in the little window) You can tell by the gears turning in the timer. Then verify the timer opens and closes the contacts like it should. Make sure the timers contacts (switch) are good. Once you have eliminated the breaker and the timer, check the wiring going out to the pump motor. Then finally the pump. You will need specialized help with the pump motor. The best way to repair a bad pool pump motor is to replace it. Unless its only the capacitors.
Let us know what you come up with.

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Ah I got it running. When inspecting further I found that the neutral wire fried and popped off the neutral bar in the breaker box. So got the pump running connected through the timer. Not sure if the timer is working really. I don't see any gears spinning. I guess I will see if the time advances and turns the pump off.
Thanks much.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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From your description I don't give the timer motor much hope. If it's quiet you can normally hear the timer gears grinding and crunching away.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
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Yeah I am guessing its not there.
But I'd rather it be the timer motor than the pump motor.
Any thoughts on the best (Prices) to get a new timer?
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