New Flotec well pump wiring (2 wire has 3 wires) ??

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Denny Smith, May 21, 2013.

  1. Denny Smith

    Denny Smith New Member

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    I am replacing my old 1/2 horse well pump with a 3/4 horse flotec 2 wire.

    The problem is, my well has only two wires. A white and black wire. The flotec on the other hand has 3 wires (even though the box said it was a 2 wire) the three wires consist of two black wires and one green wire. What am I to do with the 3rd wire? And is green considered the ground?

    Thanks,
    Denny
  2. craigpump

    craigpump Member

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    The green wire is a ground. To be code compliant, you need to put in new 3 conductor wire and bond the green wire to the casing, well cap and to the breaker panel in the house.
  3. Denny Smith

    Denny Smith New Member

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    You know, that just seems silly to me. The best (ground) you'll ever have is the well in which the pump is in. What possible good would running a ground to the breaker box do?

    So, the two black wires are the same as the red and whit wires currently running to the pump? Are they 2 hots technically?

    Thanks!
  4. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes the two blacks are hot wires. You know it ran fine for years on just the two wires, so you can just cut off the green one. But it won't be up to "code" if you don't have a third wire for the ground.
  5. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    There are also 1/2 HP pumps that are 120 volt, so the smart thing to do is check in the main panel make sure it is what you think it is.
  6. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think you can get a 3/4 HP in 115V, so the new pump must be 230V. But CC is right, the old pump could have been a 115V, so you need to check the breaker, or the old control box should say 115V or 230V.
  7. Denny Smith

    Denny Smith New Member

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    Yes, I'm sure it's 230v. I had it out once before. The old one was a 1/2 HP 230v Red Jacket. I replaced it with 3/4 HP 230v Flotec. I hope that's not a mistake because I'm not sure the GPM is equal to the old one. I gather the HP doesn't really matter, it's the GPM. I ran the green wire up to the top of the casting and just attached it to the old ground that is coincidentally grounded at the connector. So far so good.
  8. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    The Flotec pumps are not known for their quality or longetivity. Let us know how that works out for you.
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