Pool Pump Repair 101
When it comes to pool pump repair trouble signs, knowing what to look for will help you know when to call in a pool tech for backup support. Best of all, there’s no need to open anything up to check for these ones. A good pair of eyes and ears are all the hardware and tools you need.
Yes, the age of your pump is a great early trouble sign. If your pump is older than the average US car (11.5 years), chances are you’ll need to keep a close eye on your swimming pool pump and motor. The assembly of components inside your pool filtration system are not designed to last forever and have a typical shelf life of 11-15 years. Now combine this with the fact that the energy efficiency of these components has come so far in the past ten years, and replacing them early may actually save you more than a little money in the long run.
Your pool pump should run quietly. Nobody, especially your neighbors, wants to hear grinding or other loud noises when they are trying to relax. Any noises that are out of character is a trouble sign for pool pump repair. Do you hear screeching? Or grinding? These loud pool pump and motor noises can mean bad pool motor bearings, typically due to rust. Rust can occur inside the machine when unwanted water gets in from a leaky shaft seal. We see this Houston most often from flooding. Luckily, our techs can replace rusted or frozen bearings pretty quickly and inexpensively, compared to the cost of a new pump, motor, or filtration system. Save the noise for your stereo speakers and call us if the pool pump starts to get loud.
Has your pool pump motor started to trip your electric breaker box more and more frequently? This surge in power is often a sign of a much larger electrical issue, and that your motor is likely on its last legs. A repair, in this case, is probably not going to be cost-effective, and replacing your pool pump or motor may be the best option. Always ask your local pool repair company, however, just to be sure.
Pump Motor Keeps Shutting Off
If your pump motor seems to shut down after only a short time, it could mean it is becoming over-heated or that it is clogged. The motor should run smoothly at all times. If it isn’t, the fan and other parts of the pump are either being over-worked or not working anywhere near as well as they should. This is one problem that needs to be checked out and fixed as soon as it is noticed. It will not go away on its own. It will simply get worse, taking out other parts with it. Delaying any fixing of the pump motor will almost always result in a greater outlay of money in the end.
Loss of Suction
Pool pumps are designed to draw in water and run it through a filter before pumping it back into the pool, clear of debris. If the pressure indicator suggests that your pool is not working up to capacity in regards to how much water is being sucked into the pump at a time, you may have either a clogged pump or it could be that the suction motor is wearing out. Over time, this is inevitable.
Is your pool pump dead silent? Not a single click, pop, screech, hum, or irritating grind? Chances are you have a dead pool pump, but before you jump to conclusions, check your power source. If the electrics look fine, you’re probably looking at complete failure. And if the shaft has frozen, for example, your motor is most likely beyond repair.
Off Color, Green, or Murky Water
If you’ve owned a pool for a long time, you’re probably familiar with the look of clean water. Green or murky water is often an indication that something is wrong with the pump and filtration system. No need to explore this further, call a pro to find the source and fix this quick.
What to Do?
In case you are experiencing any of these pool pump trouble signs, the first thing to do is check your warranty. Knowing whether or not your system is under warranty will help a ton when calling your local pool repair company about trouble signs. Chances are, they deal with this all the time and can advise or service you in fixing your pool filtration system.
Next, do not do it yourself! Unless you have some experience or training in pool pump repair and electrical systems, always call a certified professional. Your health and safety are never worth the time it takes to call your local pool repair expert and have them come out for a diagnostic and repair estimate. They will know all these pool pump trouble signs and more.
When In Doubt Call Your Pool Pump Repair Specialists
Remember, when in doubt, always call your local pool pump repair specialists. If you’re in the Houston area, you can trust in the reliability, care, and professionalism of Manning Pool Service to get the job done right the first time. We specialize in all kinds of swimming pool maintenance, especially pool pump and motor repair. Please call (713) 812-9098 for a quote or request a quote online.
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