I am trying to get my pump and motor running for the 1st time this spring. The motor hums, but nothing else happens. What’s wrong?


Turn the power OFF at the breakers or remove the fuses so there is no power to the pump. You will find a cap on the end of the motor that can be pried off using a screwdriver. Inside you should see the end of the motor shaft, which usually has a slot that will accommodate a straight screwdriver. Use a screwdriver with the widest blade that will fit the opening and still slip into the slot on the motor shaft. Try to rotate the shaft. (It usually requires a bit of strength.) If you are successful, replace the cap, restore the power and try the motor again. If you are unable to rotate the shaft or the motor will still not run, call for assistance. If you are a “veteran” and are familiar and comfortable with dismantling the pump, make sure the power is off, as described above, expose the impeller and try turning it by hand or with a pair of “channel locks”. Be careful though, as most impellers are plastic and are easily broken.

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