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heatherbw
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PostSubject: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/22/2011, 8:38 pm

I have a new issue guys. My submersible pump is tripping the gfi now. A couple of dogs were in my pond stirring up a lot of stuff and clogged it last week, but it was fine after I scrapped the gunk off it. Tonight it started tripping the gfi outlet and obviously cutting off. Do you think this just a clogged motor/propeller or am I out the money to buy a new one?
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strikingthematch
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/22/2011, 9:38 pm

I would first try to pull apart the impeller assembly if you can. Small rocks or mushed up crud could have easily been sucked inside the the motor housing or impeller. It is always worth a shot to try to clean something and thoroughly check it before buying a new one. Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/23/2011, 10:02 am

I agree with Striking. Also claen out the filter canister. If mine gets to clogged with gunk it will slow down, stop running or shut right off.
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/23/2011, 12:48 pm

I took it all apart and cleaned it out good today. It's been running smoothly for about 20 mins now. Thanks yall!
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strikingthematch
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/23/2011, 1:03 pm

Great! good to hear. I once had an FX5 filter that got some gravel sucked into the impeller and bent the shaft. I couldn't figure out why it would not work until I took it all apart and saw the slightest bend...
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/23/2011, 6:23 pm

We got a new high powered filter this year. Don't know what kind, that's my sons department. Anyway boy did it filter and the falls ran like a river bed. Well the first time after that I pulled the filter intake up out of the water and stuck sucked into the front grate of it was some of my favorite big mystery snails. Well this just won't do I said to myself. I had spent all winter raising them to go into the pond this spring. So here's what I did and it has worked great. I got some of the craft plastic canvas and made a square box to fit around the intake housing (held on with plastic coated twist ties) that sets at the bottom floor of the pond. Vuala! No more sucked up snails or fish. It also will help to keep bigger things from getting sucked into the housing.
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PostSubject: Re: Waterfall Pump Issues   Waterfall Pump Issues Icon_minitime6/24/2011, 8:14 am

well, I thought I cured my problem yesterday, but it turns out not to be the case. Now the pump turns on(very loudly) and pumps for a few minutes and then shuts off for a few and then does it again. I shorten the hose to see if it would help and it did not. I can't see any damage to anything inside it. What in the world should I do? I am waiting on a call back from cal pump about it now.
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