When your pool pump fails, it doesn't always mean it's time for a new motor. Often times, if your motor is less than 5-7 years old and it fails, the real problem may be the start capacitor. This is a part that costs less than $20.00 and can be easily tested and replaced as a DIY activity. A $20.00 part is much easier on the wallet than a new motor that can cost anywhere from $130.00 to $300.00 plus.
The typical warranty on a pool pump motor is 1 year from the purchase date. So, if your motor fails shortly after this, do not immediately go out and replace the motor without first checking the start capacitor. Below is a good video I found on YouTube which explains how to test your pool pump motor start capacitor. I hope you find this useful.
How to test the Start Capacitor on Your Pool Pump Motor.
Want some more pool pump motor help? How about reading "The Motor Doctor" straight from Century/A.O. Smith?
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