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Old 01-08-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Just moved into a 15 year old home in TN. Ran whirlpool tub (regular fiberglass) bathtub last night and all worked fine, until I tried to turn the pump off. It wouldn't turn off with the in tub switch. I tried it multiple times. Finally got out of the tub, looked under through access panels. I unplugged the pump from it's NON-GFCI receptacle. I plugged it back in and the pump started again. I waited about 2 hours and plugged it back in. The pump worked as it should, turning on and off with the switch in the tub.
1- Can I just install a GFCI plug, or does it need a circuit breaker.
2- Can anyone explain the wierd pump action, and what to do about it.
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Perhaps the tub switch is bad?
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Check the panel, it may have a gfci breaker installed.
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Some of the whirlpool switches are air actuated--'switch' is actually a syringe plunger thingy that is attached to a tube that runs to the actual switch--

Tubing or glue may have dried out----Mike--
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