How to Replace a Swimming Pool Heat Pump
A swimming pool heat pump is a vital device that increases functionality of your pool. The pump helps to maintain the desired water temperatures. This allows you to enjoy your pool throughout the year, whatever the weather. With time, the pump’s internal components tend to undergo wear and tear. Leaks may develop or the motor may fail to work. Although certain parts can be replaced, sometimes it becomes necessary to replace the entire pump. It isn’t difficult to remove the old pump and install a new one. You can perform the job yourself and save on the money a pool company would charge you. A simple guide is outlined below.
Step 1 – Purchase a New Pump
Obtain a new pump that has the same amount of horsepower as your current one.
Step 2 – Unplug the Old Pump
Remove the pump plug from the power outlet. Locate the water valves on the pool skimmer and the pump. Close the valves to prevent excessive loss of water from the pool when you disconnect the pump.
Step 3 – Remove the Old Pump
Use a screwdriver to unscrew the hose clamp on the pump’s intake pool hose. This hose links the pool skimmer to the pool filter. Locate the hose that links the pump to the pool filter. Unscrew the hose clamp on this hose. Once the clamps are removed, you can easily slide off the hoses. Some pumps have a union that connects the pool pump to the filter. Unscrew the union with the help of a wrench. Remove the old pump and place it aside.
Step 4 – Level the Pump Site
Use a stiff-bristled brush to clear dirt and debris that may have accumulated at the site. Examine the site where you intend to place your new pump. The site may turn out not to be level. It is vital that you place the pump on level ground. Use a leveling tool to confirm how level the area is. If you find that the site isn’t level, use concrete blocks or paving stones to level the area.
Step 5 – Install the New Pump
Bring out your new pump. Attach the pool hose from the skimmer to the new pump. Place a hose clamp where the hose connects to the pump. Secure the hose clamp with a screwdriver. Connect the hose from the pool filter to the new pump. Place a hose clamp at the connection point. Use a screwdriver to secure the hose clamp on the hose. For any other connections that your system may have, use a wrench to secure these.
Step 6 – Connect to Power Supply
Dry your hands thoroughly with a towel. Wet hands increase the risk of electrical shock when you plug the pump into a power outlet. Plug the pump into the electrical outlet and turn on the switch. Your new pump should proceed to give you satisfactory service.