Common Problems for Swimming Pool Pumps  

by Pool Builders on 07-08-2014 in Articles

The pump of your swimming pool could actually be considered as one of its most important parts. The reason for this is that your pool pump is the main component of its water filtration system, and without it your water will become dirty and cloudy in no time. Definitely, you want to make sure that your pool is always at its best, and having an issue with the pump of the pool will surely cause you some unwarranted grief when it comes to swimming conditions.

Like any other components of a pool, the pump faces several common problems such as leakage and failure to move any water, and these are often not paid any heed. Others may be noticeable, especially when it does not start at all, or when it costs too much money for it to run smoothly. The good thing about all these problems is that these are all quite simple to deal with, but if you feel like you are not up to it, you can always get the help of a professional.

First, let us tackle the most obvious problem of them all€"the motor not starting. This kind of problem is due to various underlying causes. So, you need to start with the power of the motor first, checking it carefully and assessing its condition. Examine your breaker and make certain that the timer is set for it to turn on the pump. Once you are sure that it is getting the right amount of power, what you need to do next is to listen for any sound. If the motor is humming, it could be possible that it is the capacitor that is experiencing problems. This component is actually responsible for jumpstarting the motor's spins, basically storing a quick jolt of electricity to accomplish this task. Commonly, these are found at the back of the motor's housing or on the top or side of the unit.

Sometimes, your pump's motor will start, but after a while it will turn off by itself. This could be a sign of overheating, since this machine will require large amounts of wattage, which certainly needs to be provided at all times. Using a lot of appliances in a hot day will surely cause your motor to overheat due to insufficient power supply. What you can do to remedy this is to run your pump at night instead, since it would be much cooler. Another reason why motors overheat is when its fan component fails or its vent gets blocked. The vents are located on the motor's underside, which can get pretty clogged up by various debris like leaves. Always keep these vent open and clear through regular cleaning.

Another very annoying problem you may face with pool pumps is when these start to make loud unpleasant noises. However, this could also mean a lot of things. The first thing you need to observe is the sound it is making in order to make the right diagnosis. Sometimes the noise might sound like grinding rocks, and this could mean that the noise either comes from the vibrations of the pad where it is situated or from a cavitation. Try putting some rubber mats under the machine to check if that will solve it. If this does no good, then the problem is surely from cavitation, a problem which happens when your pump is not able to acquire water fast enough. In short, your pump is water-starved. You also might want to look into the pump impeller, since it could be spinning too fast without that much water. If you do not have an oversize pump, try checking the lines for a closed valve or maybe some clogging. Sometimes, the impeller or the filter is blocked off, so clearing these out will surely solve the grinding noise.

A screaming pump is definitely worse but this can easily be remedied by changing the bearing of the motors. These are usually located on the pool motor shaft, mounted inside it so that the friction resulting from electro magnates that make the shaft spin is reduced. This component is easily subjected to wear and tear, but the good thing about it is that it is cheap to replace. However, the replacement process is a bit tedious and requires the services of an expert.

Pool pumps are used to create pressure within the pool, forcing the water into the filter for it to be purified. It is very simple in its function€"it is but one component that helps in removing dirt, various debris and other unwanted elements from the pool. Unexpected things like the problems above could be bothersome, since if you leave it untended, the pool will become turbid and the water's texture becomes soapy. In most cases, you can fix them yourself. If you are not sure about your problem, though, you can always ask for pool specialists to take a look at it so they can recommend the most efficient way to get it fixed.

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