Recently replaced the pump on the hot tub. The new motor seems to run
very hot - too hot to touch even though it has a fan and cooling fins.
Is this normal? It cuts out after about 3 hours running for about a
minute and then starts up again. I'm not looking forward to taking it
out again but it's got to be motor or maybe control panel but that has
been OK or the last 16 years.
On Friday, 12 October 2018 16:31:18 UTC+1, bert wrote:
You need to check the current it's drawing and make sure it's not more than the rating plate. It's the only way to be certain that it's OK.
A lot of cheap modern motors are very inefficient. The losses appear as heat.
Also check that the ventilation path is clear. If the ambient temperature where it lives is too high, it will overheat.
There needs to be ventilation slots on your tub for an air circulation.
Some motors are only intended for intermittent use too & will overheat if used continuously.
Well obviously the motor has a thermal cut out then. If its getting hot it
sounds like its either under powered for the job or is faulty. Being as its
allied with water and people I think I'd want a motor that was going to
work like the original.
MY shredder gets hotter and cuts out if overloaded so one other thing to say
is that are we sure its not being overloaded by mis assembly of the device
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
As others said, obvious first check is the voltage and HP rating along
with the rated duty cycle to make sure you are actually replacing like
Also, if this has a separate run cap have you checked whether that is ok
and still matched (in value) to the new motor?
Voltage is correct.
It's actually rated higher HP wise at high speed 2hp rather than 1.5. I
raised this with the supplier (a hot tub specialist) and he said it
would be OK.( he does stock the 1.5 motor also). The plan at the moment
is to remove the motor and return for check/replace as it is under
warranty. Current weather has temporarily halted the operation.
Duty cycle - I will have to get the model number off the plate and
check on manufacturers web site - they give lots of technical info. But
no hot tub supplier who values their reputation would sell a motor that
was not rated to run continuously.
Came with new run caps installed.
 Not as easy as you might think. I need to partially dismantle the
gazebo built over the tub (it's outside) to get at the panels to see the
motor. Two sides to actually get the motor out.
On Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:07:58 UTC+1, bert wrote:
You can measure the motor current without all that.
You can use your electricity meter if you ensure there is no other load connected.
Run it for a couple of hours & see what it consumes from meter reading.
Well that's my assumption, It restarts after about 1 minute then runs
for while before tripping again.
The underside of a Hot tub is a pretty crowded place and manufacturers
got to some trouble to keep heat *in*.
A typical motor will start to be in trouble much over 60C case, because
that means the windings are a deal hotter than that.
insulation and solder if there is any start to be a problem in the
shellac insulatin goes at 120-150C, and some modern insulatins that are
'solder through' at similar temps
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Thanks to everyone for their helpful replies.
Next job is to take the motor out and return to supplier.
Which is where I came in about 4 months ago - it's along story - how I
wish I had just stuck the old motor back in when I had unseized it and
reconnected the start capacitors!!
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