Cost to wire a pool pump?

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Posted by: from London
5/10/2016 at 1:06:23 PM

I purchased a variable speed pool pump. I have been told the existing wiring won't work. I need someone to tell me whats needed and the cost.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time5/10/2016 at 4:58:15 PM

You will need to call a few licensed electrical contractors in your area and ask for quotes, so many variables to consider.

They can provide you with an idea of what needs to meet code.

Normally you can replace a pump with a similar size, unless you upgrade the pool. pumps come in 120 volt and 240 volt, but the amperages may not match your current wiring since so many people just stick in a simple plug from a local outlet which is already used for other items. More often I have seen 14/2 wiring used for these pumps which draw 13 amps, and a length of wire near 100' long, so they can't figure why the breaker wont stay on... maximum allowance on most breakers is 75% full rating (as a safety). It is like holding your gas pedal in your car all the way to the floor in park. The engine will hold....for a while... then everything starts to go wrong and fail. Some jobs can cost $200, some can take $2000.

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Date/Time5/11/2016 at 12:12:21 PM

Robert is right... too many variables to consider just a simple answer. Your existing wiring may not work for a number of reasons such as: wrong size wire to hold the current (amps) of the new pump; wrong voltage for the pump (wired for 120 and needs to be 220); the installation may not be code compliant; or any combination of the variables.

Do as Robert suggests, get three LECs to come in and price the job for you ensuring that you get the required inspection documentation for your insurance company.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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