Every four to six months, I have to replace my pool pump motor capacitor. Why are my capacitors failing so frequently?
One cause for failures could be that the incorrect capacitor was installed. When you replace your existing capacitor, you want to make sure the microfarad rating is the exact same and the voltage should be the same or higher. You can’t replace it with a lower voltage rating. Say, for instance, you couldn’t find one that was rated at 370-volts, you could go up to 440-volts because you wouldn’t want to go down.
If the motor runs lightly-loaded, also known as hot, it can cause high capacitor voltage, ultimately leading to failure. Light-loading or running hot can occur due to restrictions, such as a dirty filter or an air leak.
Another reason for the failures, the capacitor is faulty from the start, either it is from a bad batch or mishandled before it installed. But if you’re having this problem repeatedly, it’s probably not the capacitor. It’s probably the fact that you just have an old motor. Maybe the windings are going bad, for whatever reason, or the bearings and it’s running hot. Maybe that’s why your capacitors are failing. If this is the cause of your capacitor failures, then it is best to replace the whole motor.
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