You are not logged in.

Dear visitor, welcome to SPRINKLER TALK FORUM - You Got Questions, We've Got Answers. If this is your first visit here, please read the Help. It explains how this page works. You must be registered before you can use all the page's features. Please use the registration form, to register here or read more information about the registration process. If you are already registered, please login here.

KM23

Unregistered

1

Sunday, May 27th 2012, 11:00am

Breaker trips before pump starts

Ok, i hope someone can help because my wife is worried about the lawn (its turning brown). A couple of weeks ago i found out my pump was not working. It was just humming when turned on. I replaced it with a used one from my mom's uncle that swears this pump works. The problem i am having is when i try to activate a zone the breaker trips. I hear the relay click on. I have a 1 HP pump, 15amp breakers. Any help or any suggestions would be great!!! Thanks

Wet_Boots

Supreme Member

Posts: 4,087

Location: Metro NYC

2

Sunday, May 27th 2012, 12:42pm

you can't expect a one-horsepower pump to work on a 15-amp breaker

KM23

Unregistered

3

Sunday, May 27th 2012, 1:22pm

This is the same set up that was on the orginal Pump 1HP. However the when the breaker trips there are two that trip. both 15amps.

Wet_Boots

Supreme Member

Posts: 4,087

Location: Metro NYC

4

Sunday, May 27th 2012, 2:42pm

It all depends on the motor - there are weenie-grade pumps sold at big-box stores that have wimpy motors that lack the power of 'standard' motors. You can look for the "service factor" on the label of the motor - the higher the number, the stronger the motor - any 1 HP motor with a standard power factor is likely to pop a 15 amp breaker.

If you want absolute certainty of powering any 1 hp pump, you need something better than 115 volts and a 15 amp breaker.

KM23

Unregistered

5

Sunday, May 27th 2012, 9:53pm

Well i don't understand then. What i have set up right now is the same set up i had a year ago and it worked just fine. I don't know what is different than before. I had a 1HP pump with 15amp breakers running to it.
What is new today; we switched out the breakers and the same issue accorded the breakers popped(15 amps breakers). We unhooked the wires to the pump and tried to kick on the pump to see if power was getting to the pump. When we did this the breakers popped again. I would assume the relay is bad, is this correct?

Central Irrigation

Supreme Member

Posts: 364

Location: Central Minnesota

6

Monday, May 28th 2012, 9:22am

Are you sure the pump is wired properly. Many pumps can be wired 110 or 220.
At any rate, your pump is pulling too many amps, either because the motor is fried, or it's wired incorrectly.
I've seen faulty relays before, but I've never seen a faulty relay pop a breaker.

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Central Irrigation" (May 28th 2012, 9:30am)


Wet_Boots

Supreme Member

Posts: 4,087

Location: Metro NYC

7

Monday, May 28th 2012, 11:51am

"I had a 15 amp breaker and a 1 HP pump" means nothing whatsoever. The very-good cast-iron jet pumps I use have no chance of working with the combination of 1 HP and 15 amp breaker, because the motor has a starting surge that will absolutely trip the breaker.

Note the breakers specified in the chart. Maybe it's time you upgraded the electrical supply to your sprinkler pump.


Similar threads

Rate this thread