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Pool Pump Troubleshooting Guide

Can you name the single most important piece of equipment needed to keep your swimming pool water clean, clear, and sanitary? “The heart of your pool system,” a pool pump creates a flow of water that circulates chlorine and other chemicals evenly throughout the pool, regardless of depth or length, effectively sanitizing the water.

How Does It Work?

A pump draws water from the pool through skimmers and drains. The water then passes through the filter which gets rid of any debris that the skimmer may have missed. The filtered water may also be heated before reentering the pool. Harmful pollutants are chlorinated during this step as well. This system occurs, undetected, several times a day. Of course, this assumes the pump has been regularly maintained, ensuring it is functioning properly. The whole system could breakdown otherwise.

4 Common Pool Pump Issues

Why is my pool pump so loud?

Your pump has an internal cooling fan that makes a barely audible hum. If the pump sounds “off,” a little like rocks in a dryer, then vibration dampeners could solve the problem. Louder noises may point to bad bearings or cavitation. Cavitation happens when the pump is starving for water due to a clogged line or air leak. Bad bearings and cavitation both require attention from a pool service professional.

Why is my pool pump blowing air bubbles?

Pumps are supposed to be airtight. An airtight seal enables the pump to remain primed to draw water through the filter, heater, and chlorinator. If air is returning into the pool, giving the appearance of bubbling water, there might be a leak on the suction side of the pump. Other causes include a loose strainer cover, low water level (consider an automatic water filler), bad glue joints or drain plugs, or improperly sealed fittings. The pump housing may also be cracked. These problems require professional repair or replacement.

Why won’t my pool pump circulate water?

The first thing to check is the skimmer and drains to make sure no debris is restricting water flow. Next, check the filter for cleanliness; a dirty filter can also hinder flow. If the problem continues, inspect the pump impeller, which is connected to the motor and responsible for circulating the water. Finally, an air leak in the suction line can impede water flow, necessitating the need for professional repair.

Why did my pool pump suddenly stop working?

There are several reasons why a pump won’t power on or routinely shuts off, most electrical related, including loose connections or undersized wiring. Because overloaded voltage is also possible, the best strategy is to check your breaker box first, ensuring nothing is tripped. Other possible causes include a bad capacitor or jammed motor.

Hayward pumps are designed with a thermal overload, which will shut the motor off when it gets too hot; it will restart once it has cooled down. This a frequent issue during Arizona summers when temperatures are 100 plus degrees Fahrenheit. You should also check around the air intake vents for debris which can block airflow.

If you are concerned about your pool pump, or you are considering an energy-efficient or smart control upgrade, contact Affordable Pool Repair at (480) 254-5530. We specialize in residential and commercial pool equipment repair, complete remodeling, and interior resurfacing. Affordable Pool Repair is committed to providing high-quality service, no matter how small or big a job, and affordability. Low rate financing is available.

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