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I have a flotec well water pump. It is only humming. The

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I have a flotec well water pump. It is only humming. The motor is not turning.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 month ago.

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It may need a new start capacitor. If that doesn't work then it's time for a new pump.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It is humming but that's it. How would I replace the start capacitor and how much does that cost?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It hums and gets real hot.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 month ago.

Start capaitors are pretty cheap but you'll need to get one at Graingers. They're pretty easy to fix. Just 2 wires to disconnect and reconnect. It's a small cannister usually right on top of the motor. If you don't have a Graingers nearby then you'll have to replace the pump. Given your description there's maybe a 50/50 chance a new capacitor will solve the problem.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
do you have a picture of it?
Expert:  Rick replied 1 month ago.

You haven't provided a model number for the pump. If you don't have a Graingers nearby then you'll have to replace the pump.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The model number is ***** Graingers is about an hour away from me. There is an ACE, Home Depot and VAMAC.
Expert:  Rick replied 1 month ago.

Don't know VAMAC if it's similar to Graingers then it's a possibility. The other places don't carry capacitors. I'm striking out finding any specs on that model number. Like I siad before the capacitor is a small cannister attached to the outside of the motor. If your's isn't visible then you can't replace it.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
how can I check the capacitor
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
that's ok, I found out
Expert:  Rick replied 1 month ago.

Ok, do you have more questions?