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PEA
11-22-2011, 03:27 AM
So I was changing my water and turned off my return pump for my sump... Now it won't turn... I've taken it apart and it's stuck or jammed... Something seems to be wrong with the motor since it does do a very slight hum when I plug it in... So I'm thinking if I could get the motor fixed... Take it to an A/C motor shop and see if they can fix it? Or just bite the bullet and buy a new pump?

Any advice would be greatly appreciate!!! Thanks in advance...

BlueTang<3
11-22-2011, 03:42 AM
What kind of pump is it? How old, what was you initial cost of the pump. I know they are sealed in epoxy dont know how it would be to fix. Have to consider the impeller and magnets are all aged as well as bushings. For the hassle it may be easier to replace.

mark
11-22-2011, 04:21 AM
depends on the motor. If it's an internal, probably not worth it, external could be.

bignose
11-22-2011, 04:31 AM
Check your impeller to see if it is swollen look for scrape marks on it could be rubbing.

Lance
11-22-2011, 05:13 AM
It it's a submersible pump it may be seized due to calcification. If so, take the pump apart and soak parts in a 50/50 vinegar/water solution. If there is a lot of build-up on the magnet, a little rubbing with some Emery cloth and a wipe with some vasaline should do the trick.

PEA
11-22-2011, 05:15 AM
It's a Reef-Flo Snapper... So it's external and it looks like the motor is serviceable... It's about 5 years old... I took it apart and the impeller and housing looks good, not too dirty... Spins good, except the motor doesn't work... hahaha

bvlester
11-22-2011, 05:30 AM
The brushes maybe worndown to the point one poped out of its holder i have had this happen on a couple motor driven tools. have them take the moteor apart and if it only needs the brushes replaced do that but anything else buy a new pump as it will not be worth repairing the rest of the motor.

Bill

It's a Reef-Flo Snapper... So it's external and it looks like the motor is serviceable... It's about 5 years old... I took it apart and the impeller and housing looks good, not too dirty... Spins good, except the motor doesn't work... hahaha

PEA
11-22-2011, 05:37 AM
The brushes maybe worndown to the point one poped out of its holder i have had this happen on a couple motor driven tools. have them take the moteor apart and if it only needs the brushes replaced do that but anything else buy a new pump as it will not be worth repairing the rest of the motor.

Bill

If I took apart the motor would I be able to see that the brushes are too worn out and popped out? Pretty much it was working fine, till I stopped the pump and won't spin now...

PEA
11-22-2011, 06:16 AM
Also... I did notice some metal shavings under the pump where the shaft is exposed... Does it mean it's a goner? Or just worn out brushes / bearings?

Bblinks
11-22-2011, 06:32 AM
The brushes should be in the back of the motor, but be careful when you take it apart, the brushes should be placed in a spring loaded housing. Once you have it apart take some photos and post it, if the brushes are gone you need to find some where local that carries them. If not just contacting reeflo. If the brushes are still good check for the contact point between the brushes and the armature, if any rust is present use some emery cloth to clean it up. Before putting every thing back, check for bearing wear since there are metal shaving you might have a bearing that's gone. Also check for continuity on the motor winding, make sure there are no shorts in the motor itself, slap it back it together and see if she will start again. Best of luck.:neutral:

chevyjaxon
11-22-2011, 06:35 AM
metal shavings isnt a good sign does the com shaft on the motor spin freely, If not perhaps it could be a bearing at fault

PEA
11-22-2011, 07:04 AM
metal shavings isnt a good sign does the com shaft on the motor spin freely, If not perhaps it could be a bearing at fault

It spins pretty good... I wouldn't say freely (won't spin like a "top")... There is some resistance, but doesn't feel like it's stuck...

PEA
11-22-2011, 07:05 AM
The brushes should be in the back of the motor, but be careful when you take it apart, the brushes should be placed in a spring loaded housing. Once you have it apart take some photos and post it, if the brushes are gone you need to find some where local that carries them. If not just contacting reeflo. If the brushes are still good check for the contact point between the brushes and the armature, if any rust is present use some emery cloth to clean it up. Before putting every thing back, check for bearing wear since there are metal shaving you might have a bearing that's gone. Also check for continuity on the motor winding, make sure there are no shorts in the motor itself, slap it back it together and see if she will start again. Best of luck.:neutral:

Thanks for the tips! I'll see if I can find a motor shop to fix it... Sounds like I would screw it up... hahaha

PEA
11-22-2011, 07:34 PM
Emailed Chris at ReeFlo and he was super helpful with some suggestions. He says I could try "jump starting" it temporarily, and I could send it back for servicing. Great company to deal with! Would not hesitate to buy another ReeFlo product, definitely worth the money!!!