If you own a swimming pool with a Hayward Super Pump that powers your pool filter system and you are having trouble with the pump for some reason you may want to repair or troubleshoot your pump rather then just replacing it right away. Its way more cost effective to repair your swimming pool pump rather then replacing it.
Changing The Hayward Super Pumps Bearings
If your Hayward Super Pumps motor is starting to make a loud screaming or grinding noise then chances are the ball bearings inside of the motor are starting to go bad. You can replace these bearings yourself if you are handy. If you are not handy or mechanically inclined you can have your pool pump rebuilt with our Mail In Pool Pump Repair Service.
Most of the Hayward Super Pump Motors use a motor bearing for the front of the motors armature and a bearing for the rear of the motor. You will also need a motor bearing puller to remove the motor bearings from the armature. When you press the bearings back onto the motors shaft you will want to make sure that you always press the bearing by the inner race not the outer race of the bearing or you will have a bad bearing in no time at all. Pressing the bearing onto the shaft by the outside race will cause the ball bearings inside to fail.
It is also a good idea to replace your mechanical seal as you are changing the motor bearings. This way you do not wind up with a quite but leaking pump. The Hayward Super pump requires a new seal and some mechanical seal lube for the installation.
Changing The Hayward Super Pump Seal
If you are seeing some water drip out of the center of the motor shaft when your pump is running or even when its off, then you most likely have a leaking mechanical pump seal. You can change the mechanical pump seal with a few tools, a new Pool pump Seal and about an hour or so of your time. If you are not able to do this yourself, you can use the a repair shop or our mail in pump repair service.
Mechanical pump seals use two ceramic faces that touch each other creating a seal. Sometimes the seal spring will fail causing these two ceramic surfaces to no longer meet and then seal will then leak. Other causes for mechanical pump seal failure are improper installation of the pump seal, over heating of the pump, or running the seal dry which means you have no water inside of the pump.
The Hayward Super Pump Hums
If you have just tried to start up your Hayward Super Pump and the motor just hums when you turn it on then this probably means that either your motor bearings are seized or there is a large amount of surface rust between the armature of the motor and the inside of the motor winding magnets.
Before replacing the motor there is something that you can try that will take only a few minutes and a hammer. What you will want to to is get a friend or a helper to stand near the filter system switch. Tell your helper to turn the pump on for 3 seconds and then to shut it off. As your helper turns the pump on for those 3 seconds, take your hammer and forcefully tap the top of the pump motor in a few places.
After trying this a few times you may unfreeze your pool pump motors armature. Sometimes all it takes is a few good jars with the hammer to free all of the surface rust that has built up while the pump has not been in service.
My Hayward Super Pump Just Clicks
In the back of your Hayward Super Pump motor is something called a motor switch that turns on and off when the power is turned on to the pump. This electric switch has copper contacts on it that will touch each other to form the connection when the power is turned on. Sometimes these contacts will not make a good enough contact due to corrosion or wear to the contacts face.
If you are handy, you can shut the power to your pool pump, unplug the pigtail wire from the out and then, and only after you are sure there is no power to the pump you can remove the back motor cover. Once you remove the back motor cover you will see the motor switch. Check out the condition of the copper contacts and if they are full of corrosion you may just be able to clean them off.
If the copper faces of the motor switch are worn you may want to try to use some fine sandpaper and try to make the contacts flush again. if after lightly sanding the contacts your switch still doesn’t work, you are most likely going to have to replace it.