Common Pool Pump Issues And How To Repair Them

Posted on: 26 July 2017

If you own a swimming pool, chances are you have a pool pump attached to it. The pool pump is responsible for taking in water from the skimmer, then sends the water over to the filter where it is cleaned and sent back into your swimming pool. The filtered water helps keep your pool clean and clear. Without the pump working properly though, the filter cannot do it's job. If you have a breakdown of your pump, it could be for a number of reasons, some of which are quick fixes. See below for some common pool pump problems and how you can repair them:

Air In The Pump

If you have air in the pump it could be due to a blockage at the skimmer basket. Sometimes chlorine tablet floats, pool toys and other floats can block the skimmer and block the water from getting into it, which means no water is getting into the pump either. Without water, it could eventually blow up the motor. Remove all items when not using the pool, and keep an eye out for the chlorine float if you see it blocking the skimmer. Air in the pump can also be caused from not enough water in the pool. The water level in the pool should be about halfway up the skimmer. Try your best to keep at least that much water in your pool. 

Leak In The Pump

Often times you may notice a puddle of water coming from your pump. It could be a loose hose fitting, which would just need to be tightened with a nut driver. It could also be a leak around a seal, which may require you to tighten the seal or add seal tape around the threads depending on where it is leaking from. If any parts need to be replaced, such as the o-ring, replace it to see if that helps.

No Power To The Pump

If your pump is suddenly off and there is no power to it, check the breaker box to see if the fuse blew. This can happen for a number of reasons, including a power surge. If the breaker fuse wasn't the problem, it could be an electrical issue or a problem with the motor. If you aren't too keen on working with the electrical lines to your pump, or the motor on the pump, contact a professional to help with this problem.

If you are having a lot of problems with your pool pump, you may want it inspected to see if there is an issue with the pump itself. It may be time to upgrade to a new pump. Contact a pool repair company like John Strawhacker Swimming Pool Service for help.