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?
Thanks for your electrical question Hugh.
If the switch has been bypassed and the pump was still running 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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