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Old 05-21-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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What happens if you overload water pump controller?

Recently I was repairing a leak in the wet bay and even though I had the tanks empty, when I cut the line I got a bit of water out of it. Didn't think much about it, just finished repairing the leak. Later when I turned the power back on to pressure test it, I found the water pump wouldn't shut off, so unplugged it at the pump. Course did a bit of research, found out where the water pump controller was at and uh oh, I had sprayed it with water and fried it.

Fast forward to today, got new controller in, saw it was only rated for 10 amps, and the pump shows it needs a 15 amp circuit. So I added an additional relay to carry the load.

When I pulled the old controller off, this is what I found.

This is a 7 amp Intellitec controller that had been running it appears for quite a while running that 15 amp pump. Note the heat damage from the driver getting super hot. I'm surprised it still worked, have no idea how long it had been running that pump.

Anyway, this is just a note - If you upgrade your pump, good idea to take a look at how much your water pump controller is rated for.
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Please tell me that, the module wan't mounted to a carpeted surface.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:11 AM   #3
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Nope, in the wet bay.
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