Florida. Home to over a million of homes with in-ground pools. And another quarter of a mil with the aboveground kind. Given the climate of the state, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
What’s more shocking is how much more extra they spend on unnecessary repairs. These refer to repairs that they could have otherwise spent fewer dollars on. And all because they neglected proper pool maintenance and delayed calling in the pros before the issue worsened.
Delaying needed pool pump repairs is a perfect example. Many pump problems, such as rusted bearings or leaky shafts, are easily (and cheaply) repaired. Left unresolved though, these are quick to worsen and can lead to ultimate pump failures.
The good news is, there are seven typical signs that will tell you this part of your pool needs repairs. So, look and listen to catch these issues before they rack up any more expense.
1. Sounds It Never Made Before
These are some of the easiest to catch signs of a pool pump in need of repairs. When you start hearing noises or odd sounds that you’ve never heard before, take it as a red sign something’s wrong with the pump. In most cases, it’s either rumbling, screeching, or grinding noises.
Rumbling is often heard when the pump’s motor vibrates excessively. This then results in the pump continuously ‘bumping’ against the surface it’s on. Excessive vibrations can mean the pump has become dislodged, but it’s a pretty easy and cheap fix, so long as you have it repaired right away.
Screeching or grinding noises often signal the need for new pump bearings. Like the issue above, this comes with a minimal repair expense, given that you call a repair service to promptly fix it.
2. Leaks or Decreasing Water Levels
There are many reasons behind leaks or noticeable decreases in your pool’s water levels, including dislodged pipes or a faulty O-ring. Sometimes, an O-ring issue just needs some thorough cleaning. But in case it’s already misshapen or looks worn, it’s best you have a pool repair service check or replace it.
There are trickier issues when it comes to leaks though, especially since their sources are often difficult to locate. You should first check all the pool equipment, starting from the filter and pool pump, as well as the pipe valves and heater.
A leaky filter or detached pump can cause your pool’s water levels to go down.
Wet areas around the pool, such as in the landscaping nearest it, even when the pool isn’t in use is another indication you have a leak. Be on the lookout for moist or damp soil and soil erosion. And, in case you use a vinyl liner, inspect it for any damage including rips and tears.
3. Air Leaks
Have you noticed how your pool pump seems to suck in air? This is a clear sign of pump trouble. You can further determine an air leak and where exactly its source is with a simple trick. All you need is some shaving cream.
Put a few dollops of the cream over the joints and suction side fittings. Power the motor on, and you’ll soon see the foam sinking in or forming dimples. This’ll tell you the location of the leak.
Knowing where the leak is coming from can make the repair simpler and faster. By letting the pool repair experts know beforehand, they’d need to spend less time figuring out where to start fixing. This also means potential savings (on labor fees) on your part.
4. Still Waters
You know the saying “still waters run deep.” This applies to pools too, because non-moving waters indicate a malfunctioning pool pump. The health of your pool heavily relies on constantly circulating water, and if the pump fails to do this, it puts everyone who takes a dip at health and safety risks.
Do the following first to see if they can get the pump to move the water:
- Ensure the skimmer and pump baskets don’t have any obstructions
- Make sure the filters are clean and no debris covers it
- Check the pump’s impeller for any blockage and if there is, remove what’s clogging it
Circulation issues can also arise from a leaking suction line. In this case, it’s best you contact a pool repair service, because like with any other type of leak, suction line leaks will just worsen over time.
5. Old Age
How old your pool pump is can also tell you that you need to either have it repaired or replaced. A pump that has exceeded the average life expectancy of an automobile can soon bring in troubles and headaches.
Any older than a decade, and you can expect your swimming pool’s pump and motor to break down anytime soon.
6. Power Trips
Have you experienced several power trips in the last few weeks? If so, and they happened soon after turning on your pool pump motor, this is a typical indication of a big electrical problem.
This signals that the motor is reaching the end of its life, and you’re better off having it replaced. You can still have it repaired, but note that the former is usually a much more cost-effective option.
7. Consistent Motor Shutdowns
A pump motor with consistent shutdown issues is a usual indication of overheating and clogging. This is especially true when you’ve only had it turned on for a short period of time.
There’s also the possibility of an overworking fan, which means that it’s trying to compensate. This is a sign of a bigger problem, and one that you should have checked out by a pro before the pump itself fails.
Promptly Repair Pool Pump Problems for Safe Swimming
You’ve invested a lot in your swimming pool, so you want to keep it working as optimally as possible. But what’s more important though is to keep it safe and risk-free for everyone who wants to enjoy its use. Remember, your swimming pool equipment runs on electricity, and delaying repairs can give rise to safety hazards.
Is your pool pump giving you headaches? Or perhaps you simply need an expert to assess the overall condition of your swimming pool? In this case, feel free to contact us. We can provide you with the repair or maintenance service you require.