Old motor for hayward pump repair or replace?

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Old motor for hayward pump repair or replace?

Postby rhthompson » Sun 03 Oct, 2010 18:21

my Hayward superpump 1600 series is probably 15+ years old (came with the house i bought 2007) with Magnetek 8129 motor. Motor housing is rusty on the outside from exposure to dampness. I've been running it 24/7 with no problems until motor shut down 2 days ago. Will not restart -- only hums. Humming can mean bad capacitor but as far as i can tell (using ohmmeter test, first time i've ever done it) the capacitor is ok. Shaft turns freely, i don't see any obstructions in the impeller (i rebuilt the pump two years ago, new seal and rings), but when i reassemble pump the motor still only hums. Also i don't think there are any blockages in the suction/pump/return lines. I don't know of any reason motor would have overheated.

So i think something in the motor just crapped out, maybe from moisture, and next step is to take the motor to a shop.

I have never dealt with a motor shop. Anybody have any tips for communicating with shop? Depending on what shop says, anybody have any thoughts on whether it might be best just to get a new motor? Or maybe even a whole new pump?

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Old motor for hayward pump repair or replace?

Postby floridapooltech » Sun 03 Oct, 2010 18:29

rhthompson wrote:my Hayward superpump 1600 series is probably 15+ years old (came with the house i bought 2007) with Magnetek 8129 motor. Motor housing is rusty on the outside from exposure to dampness. I've been running it 24/7 with no problems until motor shut down 2 days ago. Will not restart -- only hums. Humming can mean bad capacitor but as far as i can tell (using ohmmeter test, first time i've ever done it) the capacitor is ok. Shaft turns freely, i don't see any obstructions in the impeller (i rebuilt the pump two years ago, new seal and rings), but when i reassemble pump the motor still only hums. Also i don't think there are any blockages in the suction/pump/return lines. I don't know of any reason motor would have overheated.

So i think something in the motor just crapped out, maybe from moisture, and next step is to take the motor to a shop.

I have never dealt with a motor shop. Anybody have any tips for communicating with shop? Depending on what shop says, anybody have any thoughts on whether it might be best just to get a new motor? Or maybe even a whole new pump?

thanks!


If you could, you may just want to replace the motor only, replacing all the seals with a go-kit., however, It may be worth it to you to just replace the entire pump, as I know we have a few pumps that aren't much more than the replacement motor alone, such as the Pentair Sta-Rite Super Max Pumps which are designed as a direct replacement to the Hayward Super Pump.
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Old motor for hayward pump repair or replace?

Postby rhthompson » Mon 04 Oct, 2010 16:49

pool shop confirmed capacitor was still ok. I disconnected the rest of the motor and started to take it to motor shop, but it looked pretty corroded and i didn't really want to make a career of it, so i went ahead and just got a new motor from pool shop. Thought about a whole new pump but it just didn't seem necessary.

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