I'm having a new above ground pool installed, and the package I purchased comes with a 1.5 HP pump. When I was originally talking to them, they said most people just run an extension cord from their garage or outdoor outlet. Because I want this to look a little cleaner, I was going to trench this, and bring a new receptacle to the pump. I have a 14/2 wire from my panel to my garage that I brought in when I did a reno long ago, but haven't hooked up yet. My original plan was to hook up that wire, and extend it out to the pump, and use a GFI receptacle.
Here's my problem. The pump instructions say it should be hooked up to a 20A breaker, which I obviously can't do with what I currently have.
If "everyone" is just using an extension cord off an existing receptacle, and I am really going to have an issue with my setup, where essentially that pump (and salt generator) are going to be on a dedicated 15A circuit? It's only a 15 foot round pool, so I don't expect that the pump will be running for very long during the day. Or if I use 12/2 from the 14/2 connection point, is there something I can do at that junction?
Thank you for your help.
Edit - I've added a picture of the label off of the pump, as well as a picture of the wire
Edit #2 - In case anyone is wondering or curious, I've installed the pump, and the electrician measured the draw. The 1.5HP pump is drawing 17 Amps on initial start up for about 2 seconds (literally), and then drops to 12 Amps and hums away. Thank you to everyone for your help.