Extension cords with pumps?

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Extension cords with pumps?

Postby mmm6075 » Thu 06 Apr, 2006 16:36

I just purchased a 15' round pool with a Waterco Aquamite 1.5 HP pump. The pump only has a 6' cord, and I was told that you cannot use an extension cord with the pump, or it will burn out the pump and void the warranty.

My outside outlet is about 16' away from where the pump will be.

Is there no way to use an extension cord with this pump? There has to be an easier solution than having the electric company come out and wire up a closer extension.

Any advise would be appreciated.

Thanks
-Mike


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Postby Pool Helper » Fri 07 Apr, 2006 03:33

As far as I know, cutting off the end of the cable might void any warranty, but using an extension cord of the right capacity will not.

A suitable extension cord cannot cause the pump to burn out, regardless of its length. After all, the cord does not "use" power or alter it in any way. The end of the cord would, however, need to be situated in a covered, waterproof place.
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Postby mmm6075 » Fri 07 Apr, 2006 11:35

I got this e-mail from Waterco today:

You can connect to a short extension cord without voiding the warranty as long as the cord is a 14/3 heavy duty outdoor rated extension cord. The 14/3 means 14 amps 3 wire cord. The reason that extension cords are a problem is that the longer the extnesion cord the more amps that are drawn creating a possible overheating condition in the motor. Your run of 9 additional feet is not a problem as long as the cord is 14/3 rated.

Thats a relief.

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Postby Pool Helper » Fri 07 Apr, 2006 15:03

Great!

We often have to supply electricity to new pool at the bottom of the yard and regularly run 40 yards or more of wiring to the new location. Haven't had a problem yet.

At least the recommended 14 amp cable is your run-of-the-mill cable that won't set you back too much.
Dave

Postby Dave » Tue 11 Apr, 2006 05:50

As an electrician, I agree.
It's the voltage drop over the distance that will cause the pump to require a greater current flow and eventually burning out the winding.
Use the heaviest gauge wire practical that suits the plugtops fitted to the lead.
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Could this be it?

Postby MT » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 10:43

My father and I each have the same hayward DE filter for our above ground pools. His runs great, requires almost no maint. great pressure.......mine loses pressure all the time, I cannot find any visable reason for this. I maintain both, so any user error would be equal. But, he had an electrical line drawn to his pool and uses no extension cord.....I use about 75 ft of extension cord. Could that be my problem?
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Extension cords with pumps?

Postby nyhcbri » Sun 24 Apr, 2011 11:13

14/3 means 14g wire dumbass
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Extension cords with pumps?

Postby mmm6075 » Sun 24 Apr, 2011 13:44

If your "dumbass" comment was directed at me, that post where I mentioned 14 amp was copied directly from an e-mail I received from Waterco, so take it up with them.
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Extension cords with pumps?

Postby czechmate » Sun 24 Apr, 2011 14:40

You getting all excited over nothing. You posted grand stupidity and the guy called you on it. Your source is irrelevant in that matter. He on the other hand posted 14g-(14grams) instead of 14AWG-( American wire gauge).
See, nobody is perfect. The "electrician" post states that running pump on small gauge cord will burn the pump. Hardly. 50ft cord 14AWG copper may have little voltage drop, but will pull 12-14 amp just fine.
Pump motor is protected by it's own overcurrent protection trip, that will protect motor even if it is frozen shut and drawing starting current.
Besides, in some days in summer, with whole neighborhood running A/C you may already have up to 5% voltage drop in your breaker box anyway.
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Extension cords with pumps?

Postby mmm6075 » Sun 24 Apr, 2011 17:54

I am not getting excited about anything. I am not an electrician, so I came here for a little advice, and instead get "called" on posting grand stupidity. I did not know anything about amps or wire gauges when I made the post. Thanks for the "help".

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