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When to Replace Your Pool Pump & Common Problems with Solutions

Catch these pool pump issues before it's too late, and learn when to replace your pool pump. | SHW blog

When it comes to enjoying summer, there’s nothing quite like relaxing beside your own pool. That’s why on these bright and sunny days, sitting by a murky pool can be a real downer.

Keeping your pool open all summer long is no easy task. Select Home Warranty offers an optional coverage plan on the mechanical components of your pool or spa, including the pumping system, filtration system and heating system.

In the event of a breakdown, we’ll send out a technician to assess the problem, so get your free quote today or call us: 860-288-4791

One major component, the pool pump, is called the “heart” of your swimming pool. When this component is acting up, it can put a grinding stop to your summer fun. But how do you know if it’s time to replace your pool pump?

How long do pool pumps last?

Your pool pump should be replaced anywhere between 8 to 15 years depending on the quality, and a full replacement may cost over $800.

Your pool pump is the “heart” of your swimming pool as it circulates water throughout, bringing water through the filtration and heating systems. It’s made up of a motor, impeller, and a hair and lint trap with a basket. Often when there’s a problem, you can simply replace one of the mechanisms, such as the motor, without replacing your whole pool pump.

3 Common pool pump issues

When there’s a problem with your pool pump, you’ll notice many immediate issues. Once your pool pump is down for a few days, you’ll quickly notice algae scum building up.

Take care of these problems right away before your pool requires serious maintenance to re-open. The difference could amount to hundreds of dollars when deciding to replace the whole pool pump or just the motor mechanism.

Take care of your pool maintenance and learn when it's time to repair or replace the pool pump. | SHW Blog

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1. Your filter shows a high pressure on the gauge.

When you pool pump is not pulling water, it could be clogged. Or, you could have a pool pump impeller problem where it may not be strong enough to fit the requirements of your pool.

Be sure to check the impeller for debris. Anything caught in the impeller will prevent water from pulling through. Be sure to also change the hair and lint trap in case it’s overloaded and causing debris to pull into the impeller. The basket should be changed at least once every two weeks.

2. The pool pump is overheating.

This problem could be occurring for a few reasons and might even result in a fire, so be very careful when handling the machine. Many swimming pools are located in direct sun, so it’s normal for your pool pump to become very hot – but not so hot that you cannot touch it.

When your pool pump is clogged for an extended period of time, it begins to pull air instead of water, causing the impeller to spin rapidly. This problem is called “loss of prime” and causes the motor to burn out. You’ll need to discuss the damage with a technician to see if the motor must be replaced.

On the inside of your pump, there could be excessive friction due to the motor’s bearings wearing down, and this might even lead to a leak in the pump. Parts must be replaced within the motor before it’s too late.

You may also want to look into what’s called a “variable speed” pump. This type of pump helps reduce the cost of electricity and lessens the load on your motor. It’s required by pool owners in some states to conserve energy.

3. The pool pump is making strange noises.

A loud screech, steady hum, or quick and repetitive pops are all signs there is a serious mechanical issue. These problems all involve the pump’s motor and require a technician to assess if the motor can be saved by replacing individual pieces within the motor instead of replacing it.

Should I repair or replace my pool pump motor or the whole pump?

This ultimate question depends on how the damage occurred and if you caught the issue in time.

Mechanical wear and tear can be complicated, especially for swimming pool pumps that operate outdoors and have very essential moving parts. It takes a qualified technician to check your pool pump for issues and to properly diagnose the problem.

That’s why Select Home Warranty offers home warranties on swimming pools and spas, including the pumping system, filtration system and heating system. When you experience a mechanical breakdown, you can place a claim which covers repairs and replacements covered under your terms of service.

Don’t spend your summer wishing your pool was operating and get ahead of pool pump breakdowns with a home warranty instead.

Sign up today for your free quote on optional pool coverage to keep your pool open all season long! Select is here to shield your home and your wallet from costly breakdowns.