Trouble Shooting Your Broken Pool Pump

Arizona summers are known for their heat, which makes swimming one of the most popular outdoor activities. It also makes owning a swimming pool very desirable indeed. But what if your swimming pool develops a problem? That can certainly put a crimp in your fun!

Malibu Pool Service and Repair - Gilbert Arizona Pool PumpsIf your water isn’t as clean as usual it could be your pool pump, especially if it is getting up there in years. Before you call for Gilbert pool pump repair there are a few things you can check.

Notice if you hear the pump running. If it’s not running, check the power supply and breakers. If it is getting power but will not run, your pool pump may need to be repaired.

If your pool pump is running, but making a funny noise, you may just be hearing normal operating sounds, like the cooling fan, the vibration of the pump against the base it is sitting on, or maybe even just the sound of the water flowing. The bearings may also become noisy as they age, but be aware that putting high concentrations of chemicals into the skimmer can cause damage to the pump seal, which in turn can begin to leak and cause damage to the motor bearings.

Some other possible causes of pump noise are, any kind of blockage in the suction line, leaking pipes, or just letting the level of your pool water get too low.

If your pump is running but there doesn’t appear to be any pressure, it may be caused by low water flow. This could simply be caused by a blockage in the return line, a valve that is inadvertently shut off, or even just a dirty filter.

This can also happen if the pumps impeller is clogged. If you are comfortable checking this yourself, first shut off the pump. You will need to remove the basket, then you can check the impeller by putting your fingers into the suction hole in the pump strainer housing and feeling for tears in the seal. If the seal is torn, you can either attempt to purchase a new seal and replace the old one or call someone experienced in pool pump repair.

What if your pump stops for no apparent reason? It may be over heating. Pool pumps are equipped with a thermal overload that will automatically shut the pump off when it gets too hot. Allow it to cool down, and then attempt to restart it.

Another problem is a pump that cuts off and on every few seconds. This can be an electrical problem. Your pump may be wired to the wrong voltage. Turn the pump off immediately. You will need an electrician to deal with this one.

Sometimes a pump will not prime. There are many possible causes. If the pump is located too far away from the pool, or above the level of the pool water it can take a long time to prime. You may have a suction leak or clogged suction piping. If you suspect that your piping is clogged by something that made it past the skimmer, check at the bends in the pipe. That is where things usually lodge. The pump also will not prime if the impeller is broken.

In Gilbert Arizona, electric bills can go up drastically in the summer. Air conditioning is needed most of the season. Swimming pools can also contribute to extra summer energy usage. Some filtration systems can take up to 24 hours to clean your pool, though most can clean your pool in 10-12 hours. Also, the larger your pool pump the more energy it will use. You may wish to consider upgrading to a newer more energy efficient pool pump and filtration system which can result in savings of up to 20%.

Have a cool summer!

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Malibu Pool Service and Repair
2338 W. Lindner Avenue, #28
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Office: (602) 748-0544