Jetted tub motor hummmmms


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Old 06-23-09, 08:48 PM
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Question Jetted tub motor hummmmms

Just pushed the button on our jetted tub and all it did was hummmmmm. I don't have an access panel to the tub....will have to cut out some dry wall it appears. Sound like the motor is burned out or maybe something else to look for?
 
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Old 06-24-09, 04:53 AM
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Chances are the motor is bad. It's a long shot but reset the breaker. You might get lucky.
 
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Old 06-24-09, 01:08 PM
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Reset the breaker and still humming so looks like I will replace it. Any tricks to replacing this pump motor? Anything I am at risk to screw up? Any helpful direction is much appreciated.
 
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Old 06-24-09, 02:29 PM
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The hardest part is reaching it. Take your time, don't rush & make sure the electrical & plumbing connections are secured. Test it for awhile before you patch the wall.
 
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Old 07-06-09, 07:03 AM
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Talking It Works!

Got access to motor through closet. Decided to play around with motor before removing and replacing. There was a screwdriver slot on the end of the motor shaft so I decided to use an offset screwdriver to try to see if shaft was frozen. It turned, but with difficulty. I worked it back and forth for a few minutes and then it began to free up. After about 5 minutes of this I could turn the whole thing freely. So I hit the button on the tub and EUREKA, IT RAN perfectly. I filled the tub and did it again and it worked great. I let it run for 20 minutes and did the same thing 3 days in a row. I am closing and the wall (building access panel this time) and calling this a win!. Anything else I should do to the motor before moving on?
 
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Old 07-06-09, 04:07 PM
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Look closely with a flashlight for a small hole that might be used for lubrication.
 
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Old 07-07-09, 05:55 AM
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Thanks. I will do that tonight before I close the wall. Any specific type of lubricant?
 
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Old 07-07-09, 06:56 AM
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If it takes anything, it would probably be a few drops of light weight oil. Do you know who makes the motor?
 
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Old 07-07-09, 07:31 AM
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It is a GE motor. Didn't know if a little 3-in1 would do the trick or something might be needed.
 
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Old 07-07-09, 07:39 AM
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The holes pulpo mentioned will normally be at the front and back right above the shaft, sometimes covered with caps or soft metal plugs.

I kinda doubt you are going to find any..though if its real old maybe it will have some. More likely it had sealed bearings that just dried out over time.
 
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I opened the back wall of a closet once to reach the pipes on a tub. Instead of closeing the wall with sheet rock, I bought a piece of sheet metal about 2' x 2' & used zip screws to secure it, giving me easy access.
 
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Old 07-08-09, 06:18 AM
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That's a good idea. I was gonna just cut simple frame out of some left over trim and put the drywall I cut out in the frame, but haven't figured out best way to keep this in place so I hada hole in my wall while I was "waiting for inspiration."
 
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As you know, inspiration & I guess some perspiration can always be found here.
 
 

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