Is motor now an anchor?

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LenaKay posted this 10 August 2021

Hi all, 

I have a Jandy FloPro FHPM1.5 with a single speed Century Centurion motor for my pool. It's just under two years old. Yesterday I noticed the water in the pool was not circulating. Found the motor was doing nothing, no sound, noise. Prior to this, there weren't any weird sounds that would make me think it was on its last leg. My question is two fold. Is it worth opening the motor to see if it is reparable? I'm a pretty handy female so it doesn't scare me to do it, just wondering if it is worth the effort. 
Question 2, if it's not reparable, is there a variable speed setup that would keep me from making any plumbing changes?

 Thanks in advance for any help you can provide and suggestions on pumps would be great also!

 Happy swimming!

 Lena

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InyoRob posted this 11 August 2021

The first thing you could do is test the voltage, with a multimeter, at the motor to see if power is making it to the motor from the timer or breaker. If the motor is not getting power, you may want to contact an electrician. If it is getting power, you can test the run capacitor in order to see if that needs to be replaced. Check out our article titled "How to Test a Pool Pump Capacitor". The capacitor can be replaced if it is dead. If the capacitor is fine, I'd look at replacing the motor.

The variable speed motor option for the Jandy FHPM1.5 is model ECM16SQU. We'd recommend replacing the shaft seal when you replace the motor. The shaft seal is part number 5250-250.

This video will give you an idea of how to install the variable speed motor. The pump in the video is not the FHPM1.5, but it should still be useful.

LenaKay posted this 12 August 2021

Thanks Rob

 it was the capacitor. that's the second one, different motors, I've had to replace in a month. Should have known. Thanks again for the info. Now I have the part number for the variable speed motor when it comes time!

 Lena

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InyoRob posted this 12 August 2021

You're welcome, Lena. Thank you for the update!

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