23/11/2016

3 Signs Your Pool Pump Needs Repair or Replacing Before Summer

The top of your spring chore list right now must be pool maintenance. Every day, the temperatures rise, and soon, your kids will beg to head outside for a swim. Winter can be hard on pool pumps, and not all of them survive the cold, harsh days. As you go through your pool maintenance checklist, pay particular attention to your pool pump as your pool cannot remain clean for long without it. This post examines three different signs that your pool pump needs repair or replacing before summer comes around.

The Motor Is Rusted

It is not unusual to try and fire up your pool pump only to find out it won't start. The most common indicator of this issue is a humming sound coming from the pool pump but nothing else happening. The main reason for this noise is rust that has formed around the pump's motor over winter.

Locate the rear of the motor and try twisting it back and forth using a wrench. Be gentle, as you want to dislodge the rust without breaking the motor. If this step does not help, pull the motor out of the housing and check to see if debris is clogging the impeller. The impeller regulates the flow of water from your pool to the filter. Impellers get clogged over winter with tree vegetation, and this vegetation can cause issues with the motor.

The Pump Makes Noises

While pumps do make noise as they run, some noises indicate more serious internal problems. When you start running your pool pump again, keep an ear out for these audible clues:

  • When a pump sounds like a vibrating blender, this noise usually means a part is out of alignment. Causes of the sound include the impeller vibrating against the side of the housing or not enough water moving through the pump, causing the impeller to spin faster than it's designed to.
  • A squealing or whining sound is a sign of an issue within the motor shaft part of the pump. There are ball bearings within the motor shaft which keep it spinning with ease. When these parts wear out or come into contact with each other, friction occurs and causes the squealing sound.

Noises coming from a pool pump need investigating sooner rather than later. You can repair the source of many sounds before the pump suffers significant damage. However, ignoring noises can make pump replacement necessary.

The Pump Leaks Water

Turning on your pool pump and noticing water leaking from it is not a great sign, but it is a sign that your pump needs repairing. Most times, a pool pump leak occurs because one of the seals within the pump housing has deteriorated. These seals are designed to keep the water inside the pool pump as it flows through this area. If the leak is not from a compromised seal, it could be escaping through a cracked pipe which needs replacing.

One of the seals that may need replacing is the one that keeps water out of the motor area. Water entering the motor area can cause corrosion, but if it comes into contact with the electricity component, it can also cause other hazards. Shenton Pumps has an electrical contractors license so can deal with all aspects of water damage to a pump.

The faster you make repairs to your pool pump, the less likely it is to cause significant damage. However, if your pool pump has officially died over the winter months, get it replaced now so you and your kids can enjoy lots of time out in the water in the summer days ahead.