Common Issues Your Pool Pump May Develop

Although your pool is made up of various components that all work in tandem to ensure its optimal functionality, your pool pump is one of the most integral parts when it comes to ensuring the wellbeing of the swimming pool. Not addressing a malfunctioning pump could lead to an array of problems with your swimming pool, including stagnant water that will encourage the breeding of algae, bacteria and other microbes in the water. Therefore, it is essential for all pool owners to know how to spot the signs of a defunct pool pump and seek pump repairs as soon as possible. So what are some of the more common issues that your pool pump may develop?

The pool pump motor is turning on and off on its own

When your pool pump is functioning as it should be, it should switch off and on as per your programming. If the pool pump begins to cycle on and off on its own, it could be indicative of various underlying issues. The most common cause for your pump to run and turn off on its own is due to it overheating. As the motor gets hot, the pool pump will switch itself off to get a chance to cool off. Once the temperature of the motor decreases, the pool pump restarts itself. This problem has to be looked at by a pool contractor to prevent the motor from acquiring permanent damage.  

A second reason why your pool pump may turn itself on and off is if there is a problem with the capacitor. A malfunctioning capacitor translates into the motor not receiving adequate electric currents, which leads to erratic behaviour of the pool pump. It would be prudent to have the capacitor replaced as soon as possible.

The pool pump motor is making odd sounds

Another way of diagnosing an issue with your pool pump is by giving it an intent listen. When your pool pump is working as normal, it will emit a subtle hum that will not vary in pitch nor volume. If your pool pump starts emitting strange sounds, then it would be an indicator that there is something wrong.

For example, if the pool pump motor began to emit deep, rumbling noises, it could be indicative of an undetected clog within the system. The clogs impede the flow of water, and this causes the propeller to spin while dry. On the other hand, if your pump has started to make screeching sounds, it would mean that the bearings located inside the motor shaft have become worn down.

If you notice any of these issues, contact professional pump repair services as soon as possible.