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Electrical Question about a Pool Pump Not Working

Checked the wires and they looked old but current seemed to be flowing. I decided to wire the pump directly to a plug and insert into an outlet…

Electrical Question from Hugh about a Pool Pump Not Working
Background: Hugh, a Handyman from Elkins Park, PA
Question: One day last season I turned the pool pump on at the switch and one second it worked and then it stopped. I have changed the pump and still it did not work. Checked the wires and they looked old but current seemed to be flowing. I decided to wire the pump directly to a plug and insert into an outlet, worked fine. I replaced wire (gray in picture) from switch to the outlet box (new silver outlet box on right in picture) and still does not work. I connected both black wires to the switch, spliced together white wires and copper grounds on switch. Any ideas?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Hugh. If the switch has been bypassed and the pump ran then I would suspect that the switch may be bad. Make sure that all the equipment is grounded and protected by GFCI.

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