Gould jet pump humming tripping breaker

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Casey56, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Casey56

    Casey56 New Member

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    I have a Gould j10s 1Hp that just keeps humming and tripping the breaker. I had a leak the night before and replaced some of the piping but the pump won't run. I replaced the pressure switch and took hte back off the pump to see if it turned easy and it does, but neither helped the humming or breaker issue. Can someone please help I just lost my job a few weeks ago and am having major medical issues so if I can fix it myself it would be great Thanks
  2. justwater

    justwater Well Drilling/Service

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    9/10 times, humming pump means burnt up motor. If it does spin freely, u could try a new capacitor but most likely you will need a new motor.
  3. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    You can find some cheap ACE pumps on the big auction site, usually "refurbished" meaning returns to Lowes
  4. justwater

    justwater Well Drilling/Service

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    i would hate to see you replace that j10 with a cheap hardware pump. before i did that, i would buy a new motor from the hardware somewhere and install it on the j10. those are good pumps.
  5. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    If he has no money and medical issues, an ACE or FLOTEC pump might keep him in water for years. I doubt he has the abilities to swap the motor. If he does, they [motors] are all about the same level of bad, so he could buy the cheap pump for the motor and toss the pump head. I have bought Flotec submersibles with new franklin motors [one level of good] just to get the motor - much less than a new motor from any store.
  6. justwater

    justwater Well Drilling/Service

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    neither flotec or water ace motors will swap to a j10. i just know what a good pump that goulds is, hate to see it replaced by one of those cheap pos pumps. i guess you gotta do what you can afford and do yourself though, so good luck with it all.
  7. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    I have replaced many pump motors, trying to save some old iron. Beware of the frame # with a 'sp' at the end. 'special' ; [we made a special effort to screw you!] it means they used a special parameter and the shaft [with motor attached of course] will be custom and will only come from their parts house - usually 275$ for a 250$ pump.
  8. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

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    Before I purchased a pump or motor I'd check the starting switch in the rear to see if it's burnt or stuck in the running position. If it appears ok I would replace the capacitor. Burn't out motors usually smell burnt.
  9. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    He probably fixed it already but good point. I have some booster pumps that throw off their springs on the start switch at regular intervals.
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