Common Problems Associated With Pool Motors and Pumps  

by Pool Builders on 02-12-2014 in Articles

To insure the longevity and wellbeing of your family's pool, consistent maintenance and repairs are essential. However, despite periodical inspections and renovations, you can always find that one common problem disrupting your household bliss! More often than not, pool owners spend a great deal of time maintaining the exterior of their pool and neglecting the inner mechanisms and technology that are crucial for a well-rounded pool. So to avoid last minute havoc in your homes, here are some of the most common swimming pool pump and motor problems you should look out for.

Noisy nuisance!

We all love a quick swim to unwind after a day's work and let's face it nothing dampens the atmosphere as much as a noisy pool pump. If your pool's pump motor is disturbing the tranquillity of your house, it is time for an inspection. Check closely to see if the pump is vibrating vigorously, if so; place a rubber mat underneath it to soften the friction between the pump and its pedestal which is causing the disruption. In addition, make sure to check that all the screws and bolts on the pool pump are secured tightly as this can often lead to the motor making more noise. Another reason for a noisy pool pump can be a clog that is preventing the water from passing through. In such cases thoroughly cleaning out your pump will return your pool to perfect working order.

Pull problems

Another common problem associated with pool motors is the pump not pulling in enough water. The function of a swimming pool pump is to keep the water clean by discarding contaminants such as dirt and debris. Due to this, often parts of your pump such as the skimmer and filters can get coated in a layer of debris restricting water movement. If your pump is not pulling water, clean out the skimmer, filter as well as impellers which are often the most likely cause for such issues.

Suction issues

Pool pumps and motors can encounter suction problems due small leakages within the machinery. As pool pumps are meant to be airtight, excessive air bubbles can suspend water flow and disrupt the working order of your pool. A simple method for determining if you have an air leakage that is causing increased suction is by using shaving cream. Shaving cream is light and foamy and when spread across the pool pump, will easily betray signs of increased air pressure. Additional reasons for air leaks can range from a loose pump lid to weak adhesive or mechanical issues within the plumbing system.

Pump not working?

If your swimming pool pump isn't working as well as it should, it's definitely time to give it a good look. There are a number of things which could be the cause behind this issue and it's important to analyse all the options to get to the root of trouble. Common problems associated with a defective pump can vary from a blown fuse to a lack of electrical flow. A good starting point is to ensure there is an adequate power supply reaching the motor as well as taking a close look at the power points and wires for any visible damage. If you are unsure on how to tackle your broken pump then we suggest that you contact your local pool specialist for professional advice on the matter.

Pool motors and pumps are essential for retaining the sparkling gleam of your pool. So for more information on how to tackle common problems that can hamper the welfare of your pool, contact American Pool Services in Wayne, PA at 610 688 1767.

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