Ultimate Guide to Pool Pump Problems
Your pump is a vital part of your pool’s operation, but it’s also a part that can easily break down in some pretty frustrating ways. Whether it’s leaking, making loud noise, or has stopped working altogether, the pump of your pool can give you all sorts of unexpected headaches.
At Pleasure Pools, we are asked pretty often about pool pumps, so below are some of the more common problems that can be found when a pump decides to go bad.
A loud motor is more than annoying, it can be the sign of a deeper problem. Your pump has moving parts within it, and a bad bearing can make a lot of noise before going out.
Along with this, a pump might get noisy if not enough water is moving through the peller. This can be displeasing at first, and then quickly turn costly, so make sure that you tend this problem right when it happens.
Pump Loses Power
When a pump loses power, it’s usually for the same reason that a vacuum would: the filter. As the filter becomes more and more clogged, the ability to suck water into the pump becomes limited, and the pump eventually stops working.
While this might not be the only cause, it is the most common. Just make sure to clean your filter regularly if you suspect this is happening.
Sucks Air In
Air bubbles are something you should never see coming out of a pump’s hose in your pool. A pump is not designed to move air; it only handles water. If your water levels are too low, this can contribute to air bubbles in the pump. Also, if your filter is clogged, it can result in your pump trying to push air.
Finally, there is the chance that you have a break in your hose, and that air is getting in that way. Whatever the reason, you don’t want your pump pushing air, as this act if left unchecked, will cause your pump to eventually break down.
Does Not Move Water
Your pump is running, but there’s no water moving. A common reason might be a blockage, but it could also mean that the mechanics within the pump have busted. If anything impedes the suction of the pump, you’re not going to have any water moving through it.
First, check for anything in the way, and then start checking within the pump. The peller might be damaged, clogged, or blocked. Also, you might have a leak that is forcing water out and making the pump push only air.
This could easily be because of a blocked hose, a hose with holes, or a loose bearing or seal on the pump. A pump should be water-tight, so any sign of leakage is a serious matter.
Depending on where the leak is and how bad, you might be able to do a quick patch, or you might have to replace some parts. First things first though; check for a blockage.
Motor Doesn’t Work/ Turns off After A Short Time
If it seems like your motor is only working some of the time, your engine might be dying, your peller might be bad, or you might just have a wiring issue. Also, a blockage can cause the engine to shut down (notice how many of these issues are caused by blockages?)
Check the intake on your motor, and make sure there is no debris blocking it. Overheating is also a common problem with these sorts of issues, so don’t put this one off.
Yes, even a device that moves water through it can overheat. This might happen in an area of the pump where friction is building up (check your bearings), or if water is impeded. If there is a blockage and air is being moved through over a long period of time, the engine can easily overheat and your motor can break altogether.
Your pool pump is one of the most important pieces of equipment you have in your pool, and because of its many parts also one of the easiest to develop an issue. Just make sure that when it does develop a problem, you take the time to investigate.
It will probably save you some money, and after all, no one wants to swim in a pool with a broken pump. If you have any of these issues with your pool’s pump, feel free to give us a call! We’ve been serving the Gulf Coast for over 20 years and will be happy to help you with any of your pool questions!