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Old 05-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Any alternatives to Gfcb220


I have a gfcb220 that is bad. It is expensive and I am not sure that I need this anyways and I have had 2 electricians tell me 2 different things so I was hoping that I can get some opinions. I am clueless so sorry in advance for using words such as this thingy and that thingy. I just opened my pool after a hard winter. The pool filter is 120v and goes to an outdoor electric box that kills the power if you pull out a square copper thingy that uses 2 fusetrons. This goes to the indoor electric panel and goes to the gfcb220. If I reset the gfcb220, I will show power is coming to and from it, but once I put the copper thingy in, I see a spark and no power comes from it. I also cannot push the reset button on the gfcb220 when it does have power to and from. Do I need the gfcb220 since the pool filter is only 120v and does it sound like it is the problem? Worked for 2 years. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:17 PM   #2
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First of all you definitely need the GFCI for pool equipment. Secondly, why do you think the pool pump is only 120 volts. From what you have described it is more likely to be 240 volts. Have you checked the fusetrons? What other associated pool equipment is connected to the circuitry? If you have power up to the disconnect (fusetrons) and power goes out when youplug the disconnect in then there is either a short circuit or a ground fault downstream from the disconnect.

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Replacing the breaker probably will not solve your problems. You will have to troubleshoot the pump circuit and associated wiring to figure out what is causing the breaker to trip.

You may be in over your head, and might have to call in a professional to figure out the problem.
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Well, electrician #2 won't be getting a callback. I just looked and it the filter pump shows that it is 115v/230v, so Thanks...that answers that part of the question. Yes, already bought new fusetrons. My 120v trips when I push the reset button and this one does not, so it probably does need replaced even if this isn't the entire problem. Anybody in Columbus Ohio area that has part and can fix? Electrician number one said he has to order and will be a week before it is in. Grrr...pool is getting greener!
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Does it trip without a load connected ?



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What brand is the panel?
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Cutler hammer is the brand. It does trip after a period of time without a load and the reset button has to be pushed and pushed and pushed to get it to trip.
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Cutler-Hammer BR or CH series? Should not be hard to find that replacement.
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