Armando Crandell
Armando Crandell
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Pumps and Motors are the heart of your swimming pool system!

The main circulating pump and its motor are the most important parts of any pool equipment system. As with all living creatures, the pump is essential to ensure that everything else functions properly. Everything begins to fall apart when the pump stops functioning. Water chemistry becomes unbalanced as algae and dirt build up, the water becomes contaminated, and water quality begins to decline. It can be expensive and time-consuming to repair the pool and get it back in good shape. It is possible to keep the pump in good condition and prevent problems from happening. We will be reviewing the main components of maintaining a Swimming pool timer door or spa motor. You'll see how easy it is to maintain them. You don't have to be a professional to maintain your pump for years.

Install the Pump Your Pool Requires

It doesn't matter if you have a new or existing pool, it is crucial that the pump and motor are properly installed. The proper sizing of the pool pump is not an accident. It is a science based on water volume, piping size, water features, elevations, lift, head pressure, and other factors. A pump that is not strong enough or too powerful will cause problems in the pool. It can also reduce the life expectancy of the motor and pump. Guessing...can cost you.

Protect the Pump

It is possible to save money and stress by protecting the pump from damage caused by the elements or other causes. Pumps will last longer and perform well. The pump and any other equipment should be installed on a slab or another firm support that is not directly on the ground. Water from rain and sprinklers must not get inside the motor. Air must circulate freely around the motor. Motors should not be installed in areas where debris could get caught or blown in. They should not be installed next to a dryer vent outlet. Keep vermin, spiders and insects away from the motor. Insects and spiders love to nest in the motor's warmth. Make sure the motor and any other electrical equipment are protected from lightning. Provide lightning protection for the motor and other electrical equipment. If the power goes out, ensure that the pump, filter, and plumbing are completely drained.

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Don't Overwork the Pump Motor

The pump's purpose is to keep the water moving for the distribution of chemicals and oxygen. It also filters the dirt and prevents stagnation which allows other life forms to reproduce and live in the water. Commercial pools and spas require that the pump is on all times to maintain healthy and sanitary conditions. Most residential pools do not require this. The water may only need to circulate enough to give one full turnover each day. A single turnover will suffice unless there is an unusually high pool use or high temperatures. The pump can be set to run for a few hours per day by using a timer. This will keep the water clear and free from bacteria and algae. You can also overload a pump motor with run time. Neglecting to clean out the skimmer baskets or pump strainer baskets can cause motor stress and even overheating. Check the baskets for leaves and other debris regularly during leaf season.

Fix it if it's broken!

Motors and pumps are machines. They are not machines that can be fixed by themselves. Pump problems can't be fixed by themselves. It is possible to replace a simple, inexpensive part of the pump right away. This will prevent you from having to replace the entire motor. What would you prefer to spend $6.00 today, or $600.00 tomorrow. You can inspect the pump once a week for 5 minutes.

What should you look for?

Signs that there is a leak. Pumps should always be dry. You should not see water underneath, on, or around your pump. The shaft seal, o rings and gaskets are the weakest parts of any pump. They can be replaced to prevent further damage, which could lead to the need for a complete replacement of the motor or entire pump.

Noise. Pumps should be very quiet, particularly if they are newer than 10 years. If the pump starts making noises, you should be aware. Pumps can be noisy for many reasons, but they all indicate that there is a problem and need to be fixed. These are some of the reasons why pumps can become noisy:

  • Air intake via the plumbing or other leaks
  • Cavitations in an impeller (similar to gravel rolling in a drum).
  • Damaged Motor Bearings (grinding sounds).
  • Pump makes high pitched noises when foreign object is caught in it

Excessive heat. This problem can be caused by a variety of factors.

  • Inadequate water flow
  • General motor wear.
  • Pumps can be seized with foreign objects
  • Clogs in a closed valve or plumbing line.
  • Motor won't start or runs briefly, then cuts off.
  • Excessive heat (see below.)
  • Problems with electrical supply (outside of the motor).
  • Not working start switch or capacitor

Take immediate action if you notice any of these problems or others. Turn off the pump and find the cause of the problem.

Fix it Right

It is not your intention to make the problem worse.

Keep records

You don't need to hire a professional to install the parts correctly. Maintaining records of the equipment is key. It is important to identify the manufacturer and other details such as model number, horsepower and service factor. Outdoor equipment labels can fade or disappear over time. Keep this information handy for when you need it. When repairs are required, a digital photo of the equipment labels and equipment itself may be helpful. Keep the instruction and installation manuals. Also, keep your proof of purchase and proof of purchase. Most manufacturers now allow warranty registration online.