The Top Three Pool Pump Problems
While there are all kinds of pools these days, at least one component they all share in common is the main pump. This machine is essential to the filtration system every swimming pool must have in order to stay clean. If your pool pump stops working correctly, it won’t be long before you realize it as the water will become stagnant and will later develop issues with its chemistry. The sooner you can address a problem with your pool pump, the better, so let’s look at the three you’re most likely to run into.
Pool Pump Won’t Turn On
This issue won’t be a problem to identify. You may be running your pump on a timed system, but if the on/off switch can’t get it operating, then you know your pump is broken.
The first step to remedying this problem is figuring out where the power is dropping. You can test the terminals within the motor casing or the time clock to make sure the pump is receiving the right amount of voltage. If you find that the power isn’t making it there, continue following it back to where the “drop” occurs. Should it be that a breaker has simply gone bad or the time clock has a mechanism that’s no longer working, there’s no point in continuing to troubleshoot with the pump itself.
If you’ve confirmed that this isn’t an issue with power, move on to inspecting the shaft to see whether or not it’s having trouble spinning. Older motors often suffer from weather and rust, which can stop the shaft dead in its tracks. Unfortunately, if you find that this is the case, it’s time to swap motors.
Crossing that off the list, see if you notice a low whining noise when you turn the pump on. This is the telltale sign of a bad capacitor, a component that’s meant to work like a battery. The capacitor’s job is to release enough energy to get the motor up to the necessary RPMs. Fortunately, these are affordable to replace.
Is the Pump Leaking?
The plumbing of most pools operates on a closed loop system. Amongst other things, this means water should not be leaking out from anywhere. These closed systems operate thanks to a number of interfaces that rely on gaskets and o-rings to keep the water sealed in. Usually, if your pump is leaking, it’s because a gasket or o-ring has become compromised. These are cheap, though, and can be easily replaced.
However, if you check these sites and don’t notice a leak, then you need to shift your focus to the shaft of the motor. It can be hard to find the leak, though, because the water will automatically drop from the lowest point on the machine. Check along the shaft of the pool pump.
If your pump has ever overheated, you should go through and check all the plastic components to ensure they haven’t warped. They could also sport the tiniest of cracks.
Pool Pump Isn’t Pulling Water
Once you know there is no issue with the power or a leak, it’s time to manually prime the machine yourself, even if you have a newer version that claims it can do this on its own. When you have the pump filled with water, check that your valve is open the right way. After turning the pump on, if water remains trapped, it’s probably a clogged impeller. This can be fixed by breaking the pump down and cleaning each part individually.
These are the three most common problems affecting pool pumps. If the above solutions don’t get things back up and running again, you may want to call a professional or think about a new pump.