Troubleshooting a Pool Pump

It doesn’t matter how well you take care of your pool, you may need to troubleshoot a pool pump or other parts from time to time. Things are going to happen but if you are ready for them when they happen, you aren’t going to be upset like the unprepared pool owner. Let’s go into some troubleshooting ideas in case your pool pump starts giving you trouble.

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#1 – Pool Pump Leaking Problem

You are going to find the water leaking from your pool pump is going to be one of the most common problems you’ll deal with. Most times this is caused by a bad impeller housing o-ring, bad thread sealant, bad shaft seal or shrunken threads on the discharge pipe. These parts can usually be bought and replaced easily and inexpensively. Identify the leaking part, take the system apart, replace it you’re good to go.

#2 – Pool Pump Fails to Pull Water

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If your pool pump is not pulling water through the system like it should, the water isn’t going to reach the filter and pass through the system properly. Most of the time this is caused by a clog in the system because something is stopping the water flow from reaching the pump as it is supposed to.

Check your skimmer and pump baskets to ensure nothing is clogging the system and blocking the flow of water to the pump. After checking these, you need to check the pump impeller since sometimes they can become clogged too. Open the pump and clear away debris.

Another thing you may want to look into could be an air leak in the suction line. Air has less mass compared to water so this means the pump will suck in air instead of water if there is a hole. Check the lines for any leaks and patch whatever ones you are able to find.

#3 – Pool Pump Motor Not Starting or Turning Off

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Electrical or heat problems usually cause your motor to not turn on at all or to only turn on for a few minutes. If your motor won’t turn on, look into your breaker to ensure power is flowing normally. If the power is flowing normally and still won’t turn on, chances are that you have an electrical problem. You might want to call your electrician.

If you are dealing with a motor that turns off after a few minutes, this could be due to heat. Motors heat up easily and it could be overheating if the day is a hot one. While there are vents around the motor, you need to make sure they are not clogged and preventing air flow. Clear the clogs you might find and then you are likely good to go. To help keep your pump from overheating, put it in the shade.

Keeping Your Pool Pump On Point

Keeping your pool pump properly functioning doesn’t have to be your responsibility. If you want to turn it over to a pool professional, this can save you time, effort and energy.

If, on the other hand, the motor turns off after a few minutes, it could simply be a heat issue. Motors get hot and can easily overheat on a hot day. There are vents around the motor that can become clogged as well preventing air flow from dissipating the heat around the motor. Clear out any clogs and you should be good to go. If it is really hot, you may need to provide your pump with a little shade just so it doesn’t overheat.

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