When it comes to swimming pool equipment, the pool pump is the heart of the operation. If the pump isn’t working correctly, you will see a lot of problems with water clarity and other issues pop up. How to troubleshoot your pool pump is a question the swimming pool contractors from Seahorse Pools in Fort Worth, Texas get asked all the time.

What should you know about a pool pump? It consists of:

  1. The lid
  2. Strainer housing and basket
  3. Pump drain plug
  4. The pump housing
  5. The impeller
  6. The pool pump motor and shaft

How to troubleshoot your pool pump

What are some of the issues you may encounter with your swimming pool pump?

  1. Stopping and starting frequently. If the pump won’t turn on or if it shuts off almost immediately, it could be an electrical problem — check the fuses.
  2. If it gets overheated quickly check for dirt and debris build-up within the motorFrustrated by adding chemicals and trying to keep your pool clear all the time?
  3. There is a low water flow even though the pump is running. Check the filter gauge and check the pump suction and the o-ring
  4. Does the pump need to be primed
  5. Check for leaks and standing water around the pump. This could be because of leaking o-rings and cracked o-rings. Replace or seal them with a lubricant to keep them soft and pliable.
  6. The pool pump is sucking in air. This could be because there is a cracked pump, faulty thread sealant, damaged or cracked o-rings, a leaky valve, plumbing problem, loose pump lid or a crack in the pump
  7. It’s gotten noisy. You don’t want to be swimming and having to talk over the top of a noisy pump! This could be because it needs better water flow and might be blocked. Check the pump for blocked plumbing lines
  8. The basket in the pump won’t fill and the reason could be as simple as needing to clean the filter and pump basket.
  9. You hear it humming but it just won’t start fully. Again, debris could be the problem and it could be jamming up the impeller. If you hear a buzzing sound from the pump motor this indicates the power is reaching the motor but it isn’t starting the impeller — check for a build up of rust in the motor or for a bad capacitor.

How do you know if your pump is about to die?

  1. The pounds per square inch is too high
  2. The pounds per square inch is too low
  3. It is leaking all the time
  4. It needs to be constantly primed

If you are stumped on the reason for the problem with your swimming pool pump, give us a call because this is not an issue to ignore.