During the normal operation of a swimming pool, there’s bound to be some sort of noise by pool pump. This noise isn’t excessively annoying, but when it becomes louder, it means there’s a problem with the pump that should be checked out. If it is not addressed in time, the issues will get worse and the pool pump motor will become unusable. There are different reasons that may cause a pool pump to fail, from cavitation, internal blockage, worn-out bearings among others. The noise can range from screeching to rumbling and clattering. Here are a few tricks to quiet your pool pump devices.
Adjust the base of your swimming pool pump:If your pump is vibrating excessively, it’s a sign that your pool pump motor is out of place. To fix or prevent this kind of movement and noise, tighten screws to secure and hold down your pool pump. You can also place an absorbent pad beneath the pool pump motor. To do this, you should first remove the bolts holding the pump to the concrete pad, place a piece of carpet or rubber pad beneath the motor and screw the pool pump motor back in place.
Check and Clean skimmer baskets:Debris or floating objects can get stuck in the skimmer basket and lead to eventual clogging. This, in turn, will cause the water pump to run dry. This can cause your pool pump to heat up and maybe fail. In this case, check your skimmer baskets to ensure that there’s no blockage. If there is, clean it out so that water can flow easily to the pump motor and the right rate.
Raise water levels:It is possible that the pool pump noise persists even after cleaning the skimmer baskets. In this case, it may be that the water level in the pool is not high enough to flow into the pump. Adjust the water level, and the noise will reduce drastically.
Clean Impeller:Turn off the pool pump motor and disconnect from the power source. Then take off the clear cover from the pump body, remove the strainer basket so you can see the impeller. Make a hook out of a coat hanger and insert it into the impeller opening on the pool pump motor located inside the area that held the strainer basket. Use the wire hook to fish out any debris inside the impeller. After cleaning it, replace the skimmer basket and lid of the pool pump. Turn on power to the pool pump motor.
Changing of Bearings:
Bearings are placed on the pump to help reduce the friction in the spinning motor shaft and they can easily wear and tear than other components of the pool circulation system. Also, motor bearings cannot be greased. The options are to either change them or to replace the pool pump motor completely. On the brighter side though, the cost of replacement is relatively low, although the extensive effort is required.
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