Mar 01

Pool Pump Maintenance Guide

The good news for all pool pump owners is that this piece of equipment requires very little maintenance. I speak from experience, as I have a number of hotels with swimming pools as their main attractions. The not so good news is that just like all other devices, these ones have running issues from time to time. I have put up this pool pump maintenance guide to help you keep your equipment in good condition and to give you tips on how to fix the most common types of problems which may occur.

Pool Pump Maintenance Guide

Basic Maintenance

The only regular maintenance that a pool pump requires is emptying of the strainer basket. This basket contains all the debris that the pump has flushed out of the water. It is important that the debris pieces do not pile up as a piece may go into the operating part of the device and cause operation failure and damage.

How often should you clean the strainer basket? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors – the volume of the basket, the amount of debris falling in your pool and the flow rate of the pump. You need to monitor the strainer basket regularly to decide on the optimal cleaning schedule. Keep in mind that it may be affected by the time of year for outdoor pools.

How do you clean the basket? For safety purposes, the pump must be switched off. Some people even recommend disconnecting it form the electric grid, but I think that this is a bit too much. Still, the choice is completely yours.

You simply need to open the lid and remove all debris piled up inside. The most important part of the cleaning task is to feel the opening which leads the debris from the pool pump to the basket. If there are any pieces of debris stuck there, you need to remove them as well.

Leakage Repairs

Leaks are among the most common issues that proper pool pump maintenance and troubleshooting can deal with. The device may leak from a number of sources so it is important to know how to fix any kind of trouble.

If water is leaking from the plugs, you simply need to tighten them. You do not need any specific skills for this. Any person can do it irrespective of how technically savvy they are.

Water may drip from the threaded fitting, which carries water out of the pump. The solution of this problem is also simple. You need to replace the threaded fitting with a high-temp fitting, which is more durable and reliable. High-temp fittings are inexpensive and easy to install.

If the mechanical seal between the wet and dry part of the motor has become worn out, the leakage may come from it. Check it and have it replaced. The replacement part is inexpensive.

Motor Troubleshooting

Unfortunately, one day when you start the motor it may not run at all. The most important thing in this case is not to panic. The reason for the problem may be very simple and easy to fix with the help of this pool pump maintenance guide.

Turn the pool pump off and open the strainer basket. Remove any debris from it and check the opening to confirm that there are no stuck pieces inside. If there are any, you should remove them, put the basket back in place and start the motor. If it does not work, you need to check for other problems.

Inspect all parts of the motor pump responsible for its functioning. These include the breaker, the switches and the time clock. They must be on. Inspect the wiring as well. It is possible for a wire to have become disconnected. You can readily fix such minor issues by yourself without much effort. The important thing is to take all safety measures.

Noisy Motor Troubleshooting

Modern pool pumps have quietly operating motors. If you notice that the motor produces greater noise than usually, this may be a sign of trouble. The causes of the problem can be different so it is worth look at how to deal with each one.

The bearings of the motor can become damaged in case they have been exposed to very high temperature for a considerable period of time. When they are damaged, they produce an annoying shrieking sound. The only way to fix this problem is to have the bearings replaced.

When water has not run through the pool pump for some time, there may be an obstruction preventing the normal water flow. This may lead to the device producing a grinding noise. Open as many valves as possible to find the obstruction and remove it.

Noise can be produced by damaged impeller and/or internal fan. If such a problem is discovered, the pump should be replaced.

Final Piece of Advice

If you have any difficulties with pool pump maintenance, you should not hesitate to consult an expert and use their services.

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