Here's How to Diagnose and Repair Common Problems With Your Swimming Pool Pump
As a pool owner, a malfunctioning or non-operational pump can be frustrating and concerning. A swimming pool pump is responsible for circulating and filtering the water to keep it clean and ensure proper chemical balance. When it’s not working properly, it impacts the functionality and enjoyment of your pool. Before calling for a pool repair service, it’s worth your time to troubleshoot the issue yourself. Many common problems with pool pumps are straightforward to diagnose and repair or replace. By methodically testing a few components, you can likely determine the underlying cause and solution to get your pool pump up and running again. With some basic tools and mechanical skills, you’ll be back to swimming in a clean, properly filtered pool in no time.
Common Reasons a Pool Pump Stops Working
If your pool pump stops working, it's important to diagnose and repair the issue promptly to keep your pool clean and prevent damage. Here are some common reasons a pool pump can malfunction and how to fix them:
Faulty Motor or Impeller
The motor and impeller are the main moving parts of a pool pump. If either fails, the pump won't operate. Check that the motor is receiving power - if not, it may need replacement. If the impeller is jammed or broken, you'll need to shut off power, drain the pump and replace the impeller.
Clogged Intake or Discharge Pipes
Debris, leaves, and algae can clog the intake pipe, filter, or discharge pipe and prevent water flow. Clean out any visible clogs, then backwash the filter and skimmer baskets. For severe clogs in pipes, you may need to disassemble parts to fully clear out the blockage.
Air Leaks or Gasket Issues
If there are any air leaks in the pump or pipe seals/gaskets aren't properly fitted, the pump won't prime and start. Tighten any loose fittings and replace damaged gaskets or O-rings. Make sure all parts are properly reassembled to ensure an airtight seal.
Faulty Timer or Control Panel
If there's an issue with the timer or control panel, the pump may not activate when scheduled or at all. Try manually starting the pump to check for other problems first. Then, you may need to replace the timer or circuit board in the control panel.
By systematically checking each component, you should be able to determine the reason for your pool pump not working and complete necessary repairs or replacements to get your pump and pool back in working order. If issues persist, it's best to contact Super Shark Pools to inspect and service the pump.
How to Troubleshoot Your Pool Pump
If your pool pump is not operating properly, it's important to diagnose and repair the issue to ensure safe and efficient filtration.
First, ensure the pump is receiving power. Check that the pump's circuit breaker has not tripped and reset it if needed. Also, inspect the pump wiring for any damage or corrosion and have an electrician repair or replace as needed.
Prime the Pump
If the pump is receiving power but still not operating, your pool pump may need to be primed. Locate the priming plug or priming valve on your pump, typically on top, and fill it with water. Replace the plug or close the valve, then try restarting the pump. Repeat this process a few times until the pump turns on.
Clogged Impeller or Basket
If priming does not work, the issue could be a clogged pump impeller or basket. Turn off the pump and power to the pool equipment, then disassemble the pump housing and basket to remove any debris clogging the impeller or basket. Rinse all parts with a hose before reassembling the pump.
Faulty Capacitor or Start Switch
If the previous steps do not solve the problem, it is possible there are issues with the pump capacitor or start switch, which help start the pump motor. Have a Sarasota swimming pool professional test and replace these components as needed to get your pump up and running again.
With some troubleshooting, you can get your pool pump working properly again and ensure maximum enjoyment of your pool. However, for any complex repairs, it is best to contact a licensed pool professional to assess and fix the issue.
When to Call a Pool Service Professional for Pump Repairs
If you've tried troubleshooting your pool pump to no avail, it's time to call in a professional swimming pool repair company. Some problems require an expert to properly diagnose and repair to avoid damage or injury.
As a pool owner, it's critical to understand when a pool pump issue is beyond your technical skill level or ability. Calling a Super Shark Pools certified pool technician to handle more complex repairs will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. At Super Shark Pools, we have the proper training, tools and parts to get your pool equipment functioning properly again.
Signs you need professional pool pump repair or replacement include:
The pump is making loud noises, rattling or grinding sounds. This could indicate wear, damage or misalignment of internal parts like bearings, seals, or impellers.
The pump is leaking water. Seal or gasket failures and cracks in the pump housing or motor require repair to prevent overheating, short circuiting, or water damage.
The pump is tripping breakers or not turning on. Electrical issues pose serious safety hazards and should be addressed by a professional.
Performance has decreased significantly. If your pump is struggling to filter, heat or circulate water properly, it likely needs professional servicing or replacement.
The pump is visibly damaged or corroded. Obvious signs of damage like dents, rust or corrosion mean it's time for a new pump to maintain safe and efficient operation.
It's an older pump. Most pool pumps last 5 to 15 years depending on usage and maintenance. If your pump is near the end of its lifespan, swimming pool equipment replacement may be the most cost-effective solution.
Rather than continuing to troubleshoot a problematic pool pump yourself, contact the experts at Super Shark Pools. We have the expertise and experience to quickly assess your pump, perform necessary repairs or recommend replacement so you can get back to enjoying your pool.
If Your Swimming Pool Pump Is On The Fritz, Call Super Shark Pools For Repairs
With some basic troubleshooting, you can diagnose and repair many common problems yourself, saving the cost and hassle of calling a professional. Staying on top of regular pool maintenance and preemptively replacing parts like filters, seals, and impellers when needed will help ensure your pump continues running efficiently for years to come. However, if your pool pump needs serious work, it may be time to call the pros at Super Shark Pools. Contact us today at (941) 225-3970 or contact us on our website here. We look forward to serving you.