Protecting Your Pool During Winter

Troubleshooting Problems With Your Pool Pump

One of the most exasperating problems you can experience with your pool is a defunct pump. Not only does a malfunctioning pool pump cause your pool to become dirtier faster than usual, but if it is not fixed, you will end up with a potential health hazard on your hands. Luckily, some of the common problems that pool pumps face can be corrected as long as you know what the leading cause is.

Water is not being circulated through the pump

The primary function of the pump is to circulate water in your pool. If it is not performing this basic task, then there is something wrong with the pool pump. The first thing that you should inspect is the baskets and lint traps to ensure they are fitted tight.

Another component to check would be the pool's skimmer to make sure that it is not clogged with mud and organic materials, as this impedes the functioning of your pump by restricting the flow of water.

Lastly, inspect the pool motor to ensure that its impeller shaft is rotating freely. The presence of leaves and twigs could jam this impeller shaft, which will make it difficult for water to be circulated.

Pool sounds are emanating from the pump

Although pool pumps are not particularly noiseless, they do tend to hum at a reasonable volume that should not be distracting. If you find that your pool pump has started to sound excessively noisy when it is in operation, it is likely there is an underlying issue that you are unaware of. There are two main types of noises that you should be wary of from your pump.

The first is spontaneous rattling noises, which would indicate that there is cavitation occurring in the pump. Cavitation comes about when the pump is receiving inadequate amounts of water due to foreign matter trapped in the various pump components such as the suction strainer, suction pipe or the skimmer. The best way to troubleshoot this noise would be to clean the parts and listen for the sounds to stop.

The second sound you should be wary of is high-pitched squealing noises. These sounds will come about when the pump is operating with bearings that have become damaged due to corrosion or normal wear.

If troubleshooting the issue with these tips does not work or you do not know how to do the proper pump repairs, it is advisable to hire a professional pool technician to come and look at your pump.