If your car’s air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air, there are few things you can try before bringing it to a mechanic. It may only need some freon. The same is true for when your computer is acting up. If it’s running slowly try closing some programs, or looking for malware; there’s also the old trick of unplugging it and plugging it back in. The truth is with a couple troubleshooting attempts you can save yourself some time and money. Your pool’s pump is no different.
The pump is the heart of your pool’s filtration system. Understanding what it does and how it works is just as important as understanding why it may not be working. Here are some of the basics about your pool pump and some easy ways to troubleshoot many common problems.
What Does Your Pool’s Pump Do?
The pump pulls water through the skimmer and main drains of your pool, then pushes it through the filter, and then returns it to the pool. The entire operation of your pool runs through the pump. The cleaning system needs the main pump, as does the filtration system. Depending on the size of your pool and the amount of activity, your pump should run for 8 hours a day on average.
Common Pump Problems and Troubleshooting Tips
Pool pump will not start
- If your pump runs on a timer, check it ensure it is set for the right time. This is also a good time to review the overall condition of the pump. Inspect the pump seal, make sure the wiring is connected correctly, and de-clog the impeller.
- You can also check the circuit breaker. Turn it off and back on again to confirm power is reaching the pump.
Pool pump will run, then shut off
- Check for debris between the impeller and the pump housing. Rocks and other things can become lodged, remove if necessary.
- Confirm that the impeller is turning freely. Make sure that it has proper clearance.
- Inspect the wiring connections and confirm that they are secure.
Pool pump motor is making noise
- Check for air leaks. Leaks in suction can cause a rumbling in the motor.
- Is there debris in the pump housing? Check the impeller and pump housing for rocks and other foreign materials, removing if necessary.
- If it is a screeching sound, inspect the motor shaft for rough spots. Also, any extra movement or wobbling of the shaft is a sign that the armature is worn out, and it may time to replace the motor.
Pool pump will not prime
- Your pump and all of its components need to be primed (filled with water) to work. If you can’t get the pump to prime, check the skimmer basket for excess debris and empty it.
- Also, check for air leaks and loose connections.
Pool pump motor is overheating
- Ensure the pump is receiving the correct voltage. High or low voltage can cause pool equipment to overheat.
- If your pump is in a confined space, the ambient temperature around it can cause it to overheat when it circulates that hot air.
- If your pump is exposed to direct sunlight, consider covering it with a shade.
- Inspect the motor’s fan to confirm it is working and providing adequate ventilation.
These are a few of the most common issues that prevent your pool’s pump from working effectively. However, if you know what to look for, you can get your pump back up and running in no time. The expert team at Lucas Firmin Pools builds, services, and maintains custom pools in the Baton Rouge area.