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April 21, 2022

Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement - The Ultimate Guide

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Pump repair and replacement are two different things. To some, the motor repair is a motor replacement, while others prefer to repair the pump and save on costs. 

Before deciding whether your pump needs repair or replacement, you need to consult with a certified professional who will evaluate the extent of the damage and advice further. 

Research shows that swimming pool motor pumps last for about 12 years. However, without regular pool services, the pump may fail sooner. 

There are various pump problems that you can troubleshoot yourself and get the pump working again. 

Moreover, the troubleshooting tips will also help you evaluate whether it's time to call a pool professional for a pump repair or replacement. 

Here are 7 Tips for Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement

  1. The pool pump is not working or turns off while running.
  2. The pool pump is running but with low water flow. 
  3. The pool pump is leaking. 
  4. The pool pump is sucking in the air. 
  5. The pump is making a lot of noise.
  6. The pump basket is not filled with water.
  7. The pool pump hums and won't start. 

Tip No. 1: The Pool Pump is Not Working or Turns Off While Running

Various reasons may cause your pump not to work or turn off while it's running. It may be an electrical problem. 

If this happens, check your breaker box for any blown fuses, then check your pump connections to ensure that no wire is loose or damaged. 

However, if you do not know your way around electricity, hire a professional from Clean Living Pool and Spa, and they will check what might be the problem. 

The motor may also overheat and then shut down after the pump is started. This may be a sign of an overloaded circuit. Ensure that your pump is running at the right voltage. 

Also, check the motor vents to ensure that nothing is blocking the pump vents

The pump motor shaft may also not be rotating, and this may be due to debris blocking the motor shaft. 

The pump may also be stopping because there may be a problem with the capacitor, making the pool pump run but not at its total capacity.

The capacitor is a part that starts the pump, and it is best if a professional electrician examines it. 

Tip No. 2: The Pool Pump is Running But With Low Water Flow

If you note this problem, it is a sign that your pump needs priming because something is obstructing water flow. It may be dirty pool water or too much air in the pump system.

If there could be something blocking the pump's suction, check the filter gauge of the pump.

Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement

When the filter gauge reads more than 10psi, it's time to clean the filter. This will cause pressure reduction and reset the flow of the pump. 

Afterward, if you are using an automatic filter, check the impeller and pump basket for debris and remove them.

Low water flow may also be because the pump is filled with air coming from the leaky-o ring or the skimmer. 

Also, ensure that the swimming pool water level is not low and that the strainer basket has water, then reseal it. 

Finally, you will need to prime the pump so that it may work again. 

Tip No. 3: The Pool Pump is Leaking

This is a sign that there are seals that need replacement. To find seals that need to be changed, check the shaft seal, thread sealant, impeller housing, and o-rings. 

Tip No. 4: The Pool Pump is Sucking in Air

When this happens, it may be caused by a number of reasons: 

  • The gaskets and o-rings are faulty.
  • The pump lid is loose. 
  • The pump has a crack.
  • The thread sealant is faulty.
  • The suction line has an air leak.
  • The valve stem has a leak.
  • The suction side of the pump has a plumbing issue. 

Tip No. 5: The Pump is Making a Lot of Noise

The motor of the pump is the one that makes a lot of noise. This may be because the pool pump needs better water flow. 

To fix this, remove anything that might be blocking the plumbing line and any leaks that you may find in the pump.

Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement

However, if the pump's sound is screeching, it could be because it has bad bearings. 

For this reason, it is best to call a professional pool service provider like Clean Living Pool and Spa in Las Vegas. 

Tip No. 6: The Pump Basket is Not Filled With Water

This problem happens when the pump basket is clogged; hence it is sucking in air. 

To fix this, clean the pump basket and the filter, check the level of water in the skimmer and check for any air leaks. 

Tip No. 7: The Pool Pump Just Hums and Won't Start

Humming may be caused by the blockage of the impeller by debris. To fix this problem, turn off the pump and remove any gaskets that may be in the impeller. 

If there is any debris, remove them and bring the pump together. If you hear a buzzing sound, it means power is reaching the motor, but you cannot start it.

This could be because of a bad capacitor build of rust or a centrifugal switch. 

Hire Clean Living Pool and Spa for Your Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement

Repairing or replacing a motor pump is a task that can only be done by professional and certified individuals. 

If you live in Las Vegas and have a faulty pool pump, call Clean Living Pool and Spa immediately.

Pool Pump Motor Repair and Replacement

They are a team of pool professionals certified to provide pool repair services of different kinds. 

Other services provided by Clean Living Pool and Spa are motor cleaning and replacement and pool vacuum installation and replacement.

They also have pump repair and replacement. What are you waiting for? Give them a call via (702) 539-3927, and they will be at your doorstep.

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