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Shandre' 08-12-2013 01:08 PM

Pool pump is humming
  • I have an ESPA pool motor. This weekend I noticed it started humming and wasn't pumping. I was advised to replace the capacitor. Still, it's humming. I then opened and cleaned the impeller. Still it's humming... Before I call in someone to replace it, does anyone have another solution?

gregzoll 08-12-2013 01:12 PM

Your motor is shot. Btw, what song was it humming, and did you ask for it to hum something different?

Unhook the pump and take it into local pool shop, or just pay to have one of their guys or gals to come look at it. The pool shops in your area would be the best experts on your matter, and could have you back up and running in under a hour.

Shandre' 08-12-2013 01:56 PM

It sounded like "how much it's that doggie in the window, woof woof"
Could u suggest a pool motor? I have a 3 bag pool filter.

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 02:09 PM

A big question to answer your question is, how high are your electric rates?

Hayward, and I believe others, have a high-efficiency pump that cab run at quarter speed ... the idea is to have it run almost all the time at that speed, unless you need full pumping capability.

That pump has a built-in membrane keypad for programming it's timer and pumping rate.

Now, such a pump ain't cheap ... I believe it's over $1000.

But if you have high electric rates, or ones that stairstep up with higher usage, it might be worth it.

On the other hand, if you're like me and pay only about 8 cents a KwH, it'd be a long time before you'd make up the cost, if ever.

Pls put your location in your profile.

Shandre' 08-12-2013 02:23 PM

Master Yoda, electric rates here are pretty steep. Sliding scale but abt R1.32/kwh. I run the pool pump abt 8 hours a day.

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 02:30 PM

Wow! That's s high rate! If I were you I would look at a high-efficiency pump.

Price one if those vs a standard pump. Take the price difference and do some math to figure out the payback period.

I'd check Amazon to see their price, and then ship around on the Internet.

I haven't looked at Hayward's website, but wouldn't be surprised if they had a calculator for you to figure your savings.

Shandre' 08-12-2013 02:36 PM

cool, thanks. Will let u know what I get. cheers

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 02:47 PM

Keep us updated on what you find!

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 03:32 PM


One more thing: I note you're in South Africa. When I first looked at your post on your electric rate, I glossed over the nomenclature and concentrated on the .32 KwH.

My little pea brain thinks in US dollars and cents. What is the exchange rate, or I guess even better, what does your rate equal in dollars and cents?

Shandre' 08-12-2013 03:43 PM

The current exchange rate ids 10 to 1. R10 for ur US$1
So if my maths is correct it's abt 13ish cents/kwh

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 03:53 PM

That seems to be about an average rate. Still, I'd look at the HE pumps, if only for the built-in timer.

gregzoll 08-12-2013 03:56 PM

There is also Leslie pools. Is there any motor shops, that can just rebuild the motor for you?

What happens if you pull it off the filter housing? Does it run okay then?

Problem with ordering and shipping International, if you cannot find locally, you end up paying more than the motor is worth.

Shandre' 08-12-2013 04:02 PM

I have the power supply setup with a battery operated timer, works well. I have to admit I wouldn't know where to take the motor to be repaired. Our pool techies are more abt pullout and replace. The motor I have ESPA, I hear is no longer services in SA. The pool repair guy I spoke to iced 've a Quality pool pump for R2000 (US$200)

Shandre' 08-12-2013 04:03 PM

Gregzoll, I did unscrew the pump housing, found the impeller, cleaned out tree seeds and a few small stones. Still hummed

RoyalAcresRod 08-12-2013 04:13 PM

$200 is an average price here.

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