If you maintain your pool properly, it should give you many years of enjoyment without breaking down. However, everything tends to get worn out with age and a pool pump is no different, especially considering how hard it works day after day. A pump contains several parts, and any of those can break or malfunction. Here are some signs of problems with your pool pump and possible ways to fix it.
The Pump Isn't Moving Water
The purpose of the pump is to move water in the pool through the skimmer basket and filter. If the water isn't moving, it's a sign of a clog somewhere. Check the skimmer basket first. There might be a big clog of leaves in it. Also, check that the water is above the level of the basket. Failing to keep the water at the proper level and letting debris clog the skimmer basket is one big cause of pool pump problems that can usually be avoided through proper pool maintenance.
The Pump Motor Is Suddenly Noisy
If the pump suddenly starts making a lot of noise, it could be due to bad bearings. A defective pump motor can make a surprisingly loud noise that may keep you awake at night, so you want to call a pool service to make repairs as soon as possible rather than run the motor when it isn't working properly. Further damage could be done or the motor could overheat and shut down entirely.
Water Leaks From The Pump
Water leaks happen occasionally when the rings that seal the pump become worn. Water may gush out or there may be a slow drip. Replacing the rings is fairly easy. You can buy them at a swimming supply store if you want to do the job yourself. However, there could be another cause for the leak. If the rings in your pump look fine or if you replace them and the pump still leaks, you'll probably want to call a professional, such as from Pettis Pools & Patio, for help so you can stop the leak as soon as possible.
When your swimming pool pump develops problems like this or if it stops running completely, then you'll have to decide if you want to invest in repairs or just have the pump replaced. Consider the age of the pump. If it is nearing the end of its life, it might be best to buy a new pump so you won't have ongoing problems that need to be repaired. Also, consider the cost of the repairs because some problems, such as a leaky seal, are very quick and inexpensive to fix.