Troubleshooting Pool Pump Motors

What You'll Need
Rubber mat
Pool pump bearings
Pool pump maintenance manual

If you're lounging by your swimming pool on a beautiful summer's day, the last thing you want is to be forced to deal with is a malfunctioning pool pump. You can easily fix many pump problems yourself to save on the costs associated with calling in professional help. Read on to learn how to diagnose the problem and take steps to repair it.

Noisy Pool Pump

When running smoothly, a pool pump will produce a distinguishable humming noise. However, you may become aware of issues with your pump if the noise it makes begin to intensify. Investigation may lead you to notice that your pump is sounding increasingly labored.

The cooling fan which maintains the temperature of the electrics within the pump is noisy, even more so if you remove the pump's casing. Chemical tablets that you feed through the pump may corrode the pump bearings so these should be replaced every few years. Examine bearings regularly and buy replacement components if they are off-color. Ensure that the pump is not vibrating against a concrete surface. Placing it on a rubber mat should muffle the noise.

Signs of Bubbles

Some pool users may notice an excessive bubbling around the output jet of the pool pump. First of all, check the strainer cover and gasket for wear and be prepared to replace them if any signs of wear are visible. On occasion, the skimmer weir may be stuck in an upright position, thus allowing air to mix with the water as it is pumped into the pool.

There may also be a leak in the underground piping which causes a drop in pressure which eventually leads to bubbling. This leak may have been caused by faulty piping, general wear or even damage from termites and ants. Replacing the faulty area of tubing will end this problem.

Pump Doesn't Work

If the pump does not work at all, it may be due to power breakers being reset. Unless there is a serious fault that you have overlooked, this problem can mostly be rectified by turning everything off and then back on again, checking each contributory factor as you go. Begin with the power, breakers and switches. These may have been changed at some point, and trouble spots are hard to notice unless you turn everything off.

Once you are satisfied, continue to the timer function. Set it again as if the pump were new. If your pump still does not run, you may have to seek professional advice or replace faulty equipment.

Shuts Down When Hot

Many families find that their pool pump does not function reliably in the middle of a hot summer. This is a very common problem that is usually caused by excessively long or weakened power cables. Check with the electrician who installed the pump to find out if allof the work was done to regulation standards and that the power requirements listed in the product manual were adhered to. If your area is subject to hot weather, your local power grid may be routing power to other appliances. You could contact your local authority for confirmation of this.