Q: My motor is not
working. Should I replace it?
A: The only way to
test a motor to see if it is truly the cause for your motor not work is to
remove it from the filter plug it in for few seconds to see if the
rotor/impeller turns. If the rotor turns then unplug and plug in again several
time to see if the rotor will spin. Do this rapidly 2 or three time so make
sure rotor in not the problem. If it spins then you should be looking at a
rotor replacement not a motor replacement.
A1: If the rotor
will not spin when the motor is plugged in then most likely the motor coil or
thermal overload switch is damaged and the motor should be replaced.
A2: Due to the
shortage of parts, motors are expensive relative to a new filter. I don't
recommend motor replacements if the filter is more than 3 or 4 years old. You
can usually pick up a complete new filter for $10-60.00 more than the cost of
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We have two returning pond filters. The first features a unique
design that features all three types of filtration. UV (ultraviolet light) kills
pathogens and algae, mechanical filtration which removes particulates hat cloud
water and biological filtration which breaks down wastes and converts ammonia
into mostly harmless nitrates.
This filter also has a couple of unique features. One is that
can be used both in the pond (submersed) or outside the pond as an external
pond filter. Secondly, this filter can be used in series to increase capacity. The
filtration system mimics the natural biological filtration that occurs in
healthy ponds with the added benefit of UV to remove Algae and hidden pathogens
that can harm fish.
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