Most Common Pool Pump Issues and Their Solution

Most Common Pool Pump Issues and Their Solution

Swimming pools are great entertainment and fun option for family and friends. Maintaining and servicing is an essential task for its great experiences.

If a swimming pool has not been properly serviced there will be issues that could lead to expensive bills and unpleasant sounds or noise.

Certain sounds such as screeching, gurgling noises can be so unpleasant and frustrating to hear and would certainly be disliked by neighbors. Here are some solutions to common pool problems.

When Your Pool Pump Makes Humming Noises

Pool pump sometimes doesn’t start and makes humming noises. At a time like this, it’s suggested to check the impeller for any kind of debris. When debris starts to increase, the debris will y block the impeller and could disable the pool pump. Check the impeller and remove debris.

Pool Pump Motor is not Working

When the pump doesn’t start, check for the following reasons to solve the problem:

Firstly, make sure the pump is getting the required power.

Secondly, check the timer to make sure the pump is on. And if the pump is on and there still might be humming noises, which could basically be a bad capacitor.

Technically, the capacitor starts the pump by the usage of electricity. Replacing the capacitor could solve the issue however it is best done by a professional. Or consider replacing the motor.

If your pump does turn on, while losing power then it is overheating. The tip here is to run the pump during the night to avoid any overheating. Another solution is to check the bottom vents of the motor, to make sure there isn’t anything that is inhibiting the fan.

If the problem keeps ongoing then the last option would be to replace the pool motor or pool pump.

Additional Read: 4 Amazing troubleshooting pool pump motor problems

Pool Pump is Leaking Water

If there is leaking of water from the pump, then it is likely to be on the pressure side. That comes after the impeller. Anything basically before the impeller is not under positive pressure. And under negative suction pressure.

This happens because of a water leak due to a bad impeller housing o-ring. Also due to a bad shaft seal or bad thread sealant or even shrunken threads that are on the plumbing discharge pipe.

When Your Pool Pump Makes a Loud Screeching Noises

When the pool pump makes sounds as if it’s running with rocks on the inside the pump basket. This could be due to it being starved of water. This could lead to a couple of different problems.

Firstly, check the suction lines. When too many of the suction lines are closed the pump will struggle to get the water which is resulting in being noisy. Secondly, check the skimmers for any clogs.

Clean or remove any debris and re-assemble it. Thirdly if still makes noises then the pump could be too powerful for the pool and then you will need to downgrade to a pump with less power to avoid any other problems.

When the Pump Doesn’t Pull Water.

When the pump is not pulling or moving water, check the skimmer and the pump baskets as well. They must be empty and basically restricting water flow.

Try and make sure your pool filter is clean as we know that a dirty filter can also hinder the flow of water. After this check the pump impeller as well.

This part of the pump is connected to the motor which is responsible for moving the water across. It’s given that impellers will probably clog from time to time. Mostly during the spring season.

Checking the impeller from time to time is good practice. You can open the pump and examine the inside of the impeller housing or volute for any clogs.

When there’s an air leak in the suction line

Another issue with the pump suction is basically an air leak in the suction line that supplies the pump with the water. The basic function of the pump is to suck water, but it could also suck air if given the chance.  As air has less mass than water does. Pool pumps are supposed to be airtight.

With a clear pump lid. There must not be any air in the pump basket. Although it is rarely the case yet small air leaks are common. The problem arises when an air leak gets too large which would make problems.

A pump air leak could be due to a bad thread sealant. This is where the pipe enters the pump. Leaky valve stem on suction valves. Even a break in the plumbing area.

Air leaking into the system could also be due to a loose or old pump lid, or even a bad pump lid o-ring, also a bad fitting pump drain plug. Generally, all air leaks originate before the impeller of the system.