Having Trouble with Your Pool Pump or Pump Motor?
Get Your Pool Back Up & Running!
An electrically operated water pump is the prime motivator in recirculating
the water from the pool. Water is forced through a filter and then returned to the pool. Using a water pump by itself is often not sufficient to completely sanitize a pool. Commercial and public pool pumps usually run 24 hours a day for the entire operating season of the pool. Residential pool pumps are typical run for 4 hours per day in winter (when the pool is not in use) and up to 24 hours in summer. To save electricity costs, most pools run water pumps for between 6 hours and 12 hours in summer with the pump being controlled by an electronic timer.
Most pool pumps available today incorporate a small filter basket as the last effort to avoid leaf or hair contamination reaching the close-tolerance impeller section of the pump.
From time to time pool pumps break. Oftentimes they break over the winter and/or in mid pool season. No time is a good time for pool pumps to break. We are here to help, to get your poll back up and running properly.
At Kufen we have over 75 years experience repairing and replacing pool pumps and pool pump motors. There is not a problem that we have not seen throughout our 75 years in business. We are a family owned and operated company, and we are dedicated to quality workmanship at the best possible prices! We have the most experienced technicians in the business to assist with all of your needs!
Make sure you identify that it is indeed the pump that is making the noise. If it is a grinding sound, then there may be something like a pebble or other debris lodged in the impellor, and usually requires dismantling the pump to dislodge. Most commonly, the condition is failed bearings in the motor. This can happen simply because they are of poorer quality these days, being manufactured overseas; but more than likely there has been some water damage to the pump resulting in moisture getting to the bearings and causing corrosion. Whatever the cause, your pool pump should be relatively quiet and not be the source of noise pollution in your backyard. Hire a qualified Spectrum pool contractor to diagnose the problem and provide the best solution.
All pool circulation systems have a timer to turn the pump off and on at preset times, with the exception of spa jet pumps that are manually operated. Besides manual switches, some newer homes are equipped with programmable automation systems, a set of circuit breakers either at the equipment pad and/or at the house service panel, and for additional safety, there may be a GFCI installed in the circuit to prevent electrocution. With all these factors, we always recommend that you hire a professional to find and fix the problem.
This could be the result of a shrunken fitting going into the inlet of the pump causing
it to pull in air and lose the ability to prime.
This happens usually when the water in the pool gets too low and then the pump runs without water causing it to steam the small amount of water it does have and reaching high temperatures. The plastic or pvc fittings that are threaded in and out of the pump will shrink, as will also the pump seal causing another source of air. If it does actually catch prime, then water may leak out of the top fitting and through the seal plate onto the ground. Of course, the filter may be extremely dirty or there may be an obstruction in the suction line. This is another cause for calling your pool professional - we'll fix it right by diagnosing it properly.
The efficiency of your pool pump is dependent on both size and design. Size determines how much energy the pump will use, so purchase the smallest pump that will adequately clean your pool. Most residential pools can function on a 0.75 horsepower pump. Use a pool supplier’s design chart to determine the correct size pump for your pool, or ask the pool supplier for assistance. When downsizing to a smaller pump, you'll also want to use a larger filter that can handle 50% or higher than the pool’s design flow rate. You'll also want to design the pipes so that they're smooth curves, either by replacing elbow pipes with 45 degree ones, or with flexible pipes. This improves the efficiency of water flow, decreasing the hydraulic resistance and requiring up to 40% less electricity to operate. If you're replacing your current pool pump, also consider upgrading from a 1-speed to a 2-speed or variable speed pool pump.
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