How to maintain a pool pump?

A pump is similar to the beating heart of a swimming pool. Water circulation is essential for a healthy, clean swimming environment. What can you do to safeguard your pool’s heart? Most of these simple tasks that can extend the life of your pump do not require the services of a professional. Let’s look at how to maintain a pool pump motor so that you can keep your pool looking great.

1. Frequently empty the strainer basket. This seems obvious, but it is frequently overlooked. A clogged strainer basket with leaves, hair, or other debris can put a lot of strain on the pump motor. The motor will likely run hotter if it works harder to pump the water through debris. Bearings can fail prematurely in a hot motor. Pull out the basket and rinse it with a garden hose after every vacuuming, or at least once a month. Even if it appears clean when viewed through the pump lid, fine debris may be lining the basket. Clean the basket frequently to avoid a potential problem.

2. Clean the engine vents. The electric motor has vents that allow air to flow through it, keeping it cool and preventing overheating. These vents are frequently clogged with lint and debris. Check these vents on a regular basis and clean any lint or dust that has accumulated. Check that the motor is turned off. Lint is usually easily removed with your fingers. You can also use an old tooth brush to get into tight spaces.

3. Keep an eye out for air in the pump. If there is too much air in the circulation system, the pump will lose its prime and may burn out. Check the tightness of all plumbing connections or unions. Check the o-ring on the pump lid that is adequately sealed The o-ring should have no flat spots or cracks. If necessary, use a small amount of lubricant.

4. Repair any leaks! If you notice a leak, fix it right away. Continuous leaks can allow chlorinated water to enter the motor, causing the bearings or electrical components to fail. If left unchecked, a small leak can easily lead to larger issues. If you are handy, you could replace the shaft seal yourself. However, if the pump is leaking, it is usually best to have a pool professional replace the seals for you. You’ll have peace of mind knowing it’s done correctly, and it shouldn’t take them long.

Following these simple steps should help to extend the life of your pool pump and avoid costly repairs. If properly maintained, an average pump will last between 5 and 7 years. If you do need to replace your pool pump, consider a variable speed pump. Energy savings of up to 80% are possible. Variable speed pumps also last longer than single speed pumps because they run cooler, and they frequently pay for themselves within a few years.

Have fun swimming!