How To Fix Pool Pump Problems

How To Fix Pool Pump Problems
How To Fix Pool Pump Problems

Here are six common pool pump problems and how to fix them.

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How To Fix Pool Pump Problems

problem number one, the pump isn’t turning on or it’s turning off while running.

pump does not turn on or turns off while running
pump does not turn on or turns off while running

If your pump doesn’t turn on, or if it shuts off quickly after it’s been started, it’s probably an electrical problem.

Check your breaker box for blown fuses.

Then check your connections to make sure nothing is loose or damaged.

And if you don’t know what you’re doing,

be safe and hire a qualified electrician.

If your motor overheats and shuts down after it’s started, it could be an overloaded circuit.

So make sure you’ve got the right voltage for your pump.

And check the motor’s vents to make sure nothing is blocking the fan.

If the motor shaft isn’t rotating, check to see if the motor is jammed with debris.

And finally, if the pump turns on but isn’t running at full speed and you hear a humming noise, check your capacitor.

The capacitor starts your pump with a blow of electricity.

And this is one of those parts that are best replaced by our professionals.

Problem number two, the pump runs but it isn’t pumping or the flow rate is low.

pump is not pumping or flow rate is low
the pump is not pumping or flow rate is low

And this means your pump needs to be primed because something has interrupted its suction or water flow.

It could be something blocking it, a dirty pool filter, or maybe too much air in the system.

If there’s something blocking your pump suction, check your filter gauge.

If it’s 10 Psi above the normal reading, check your filter.

This will reduce the pressure and reset your pump’s flow.

Then check your pump basket and impeller for debris.

If there’s air in the system, it’s probably coming through your skimmer or a leaky O-ring.

So make sure that your swimming pool level isn’t too low, and check your skimmer basket for debris.

You may also need to fill your strainer basket with water and reseal it.

We’ll go over other types of air in the system later in this article.

Then finally, you probably then need to prime the pump to get it going again.

Problem number three, the pump is leaking.

pump is leaking
pump is leaking

If you have a leaky pump, look for any seals that need replacing, like O-rings and the impeller housing, the thread sealant, or the shaft seal.

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Problem number four, the pump is sucking in air.

the pump is sucking in air
the pump is sucking in air

And this can happen for a number of reasons; a loose pump lid, a crack in the pump, a faulty thread sealant, faulty O-rings and gaskets, an air leak in the suction line, a leaky valve stem, or a plumbing issue on the suction side of the pump.

Look for cracks, leaks, or bad fittings and replace the part.

Can’t find the air leak, well, you can actually spread shaving cream on those possible problem areas.

And if there’s a leak, it will actually suck in the shaving cream, leaving an indent.

As always, if you don’t feel confident replacing a part yourself, please call a professional.

Problem number five, the pump is making a lot of noise.

pump is making a lot of noise
pump is making a lot of noise

If your motor is really rattling, your pool pump may just need better water flow.

Clear any blockages out of the plumbing line and look for air leaks.

However, if your motor has a high pitch screech, your pump could have bad bearings.

And in that case, I would call a professional to take out part of the motor and replace the bearings.

Problem number six, the pump baskets aren’t filling with water.

pump basket is not filling with water
pump basket is not filling with water

The pump could be sucking in air, or your filter or pump basket could be clogged.

So, clean the filter and pump basket, then check the water level in your skimmer, and if that’s low, that could be your air problem.

Then, use the shaving cream test to check for any other air leaks.

So in the end, if you’re having issues or you don’t feel confident doing something yourself, please be safe and call a professional.

And if your pump is constantly leaking, or losing suction, or has low filter pressure gauge reading, it might just be time to get a new pump.

And that’s it.

Those are the six tips for troubleshooting your pump.

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