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New (Old) Hot Tub Assistance

nafaught 545 405 November 23, 2015 at 10:46 AM
Ok, so we had someone give us a hot tub and over the weekend we wired it into our spa disconnect and everything is hooked up. We filled it with water and after running the jets for 2-3 minutes it started shooting water through the jet holes but there is a little hole on the pump (model FloMaster XP2) head where water started to come out. The hole looks normal like it should be there but I'm not certain why a small stream of water would be coming out of it. Take a look at the attached pics and you'll see the small hole on the head that I'm mentioning (its about the size of a pencil eraser, or slightly smaller).

Any ideas or suggesstions?

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My first thought is that is a weep hole. It will only weep water when there is something wrong. If everything seems to be working correctly and this is your only symptom I would speculate that the seals need replaced. They are inexpensive and should be relatively easy to replace. They have a seal rebuild kit for the pump. This would likely be the first thing to check and it's a good idea anyway. You are probably looking at under $15 to replace the main seals. I'd do this and see if that fixes the issue, if not I'd diagnose it further and likely ask a local pool/spa shop and they can probably tell you immediately.

But I have a feeling a good seal exchange ought to do the trick.
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Quote from eekthecat View Post :
My first thought is that is a weep hole. It will only weep water when there is something wrong. If everything seems to be working correctly and this is your only symptom I would speculate that the seals need replaced. They are inexpensive and should be relatively easy to replace. They have a seal rebuild kit for the pump. This would likely be the first thing to check and it's a good idea anyway. You are probably looking at under $15 to replace the main seals. I'd do this and see if that fixes the issue, if not I'd diagnose it further and likely ask a local pool/spa shop and they can probably tell you immediately.

But I have a feeling a good seal exchange ought to do the trick.

When we filled the tub, it was shooting water some 10-15 ft in the air when the water wasn't covering our top jets so the motor appears to be shooting water very strong. Do you by chance know where I could by a seal rebuild kit? Also, you don't think it would be a drain plug that got broken off do you?
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Pool and spa pumps use a ceramic seal at the motor shaft. You buy a complete seal set as a unit. You'll need the model of the actual pump, not the motor, and then you can search some pool/spa sites for the part. They typically run $25-35, depending on the particular pump.

You can find YouTube vids on how to replace them. The hardest part is getting the impeller off of the motor shaft, and even that isn't terribly difficult.
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When we filled the tub, it was shooting water some 10-15 ft in the air when the water wasn't covering our top jets so the motor appears to be shooting water very strong. Do you by chance know where I could by a seal rebuild kit? Also, you don't think it would be a drain plug that got broken off do you?
On specific kits I usually like to go local and have someone verify the part kit if I'm not familiar with it. Otherwise, I usually just buy on Amazon or similar site.

I wouldn't think a drain plug would cause that to weep. I will be honest and say I'm not 100% familiar with your setup and I'm not a bonafide expert.

I still think replacing all the seals on the pump is the best place to start. The fact that you are seeing the pump send water through your pipes is a good thing so you likely just have a seal leak.
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Looks like you can get the complete wet end for like $110. May be worth it just to replace the whole thing than get it apart and realize something else is wrong with the unit (FWIW "pump" is really an electric motor with a shaft that drives the actual water pump or "wet end"; it doesn't sound like you need to replace the motor which saves about $250 but the pump itself is $110ish [aquaflodirect.com])
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