3 Signs Your Swimming Pool's Pump May Need Repairing

Posted on: 18 September 2017

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, the pump is vital to keeping the water circulated and safe for you and your family to swim in. However, you may suspect that something is wrong with the pump. If so, look for the following three signs that your swimming pool's pump may need repairing.

Loses Ability to Pump Water Efficiently

One sign that your pump may be getting ready to break down is that it loses its ability to pump water efficiently. It may still be pumping some water, but it may not be doing so at a steady stream. You may see that the water is pulsating erratically as if the motor is having to struggle to force the water through the pipes.

This erratic pulsation could be a sign that the motor's electrical components have started to fry. If this is the case, you may also detect the smell of burnt metal because the motor is overexerting itself, causing an excessive draw of electricity that is burning up the wires. 

Sounds like the Pump Is Screaming

Another sign that there is a problem with your pool's pump is when it sounds as though it is screaming. The loud, high-pitched screech can be heard from the time the pump kicks on until it turns off.

This screaming noise could be caused by worn and rusted bearings. Since the surfaces of the bearings are no longer smooth, the metal from which they are constructed will start to rub against each other, producing the sound. 

Starts Sucking Air into the Pump

If you have noticed that the pump has started to suck in more air than water, there could be a problem with either the pump itself or the pipes that are directly attached to it. If there is a crack in the pump's casing or the pipe, air will enter into the otherwise closed system. 

When air is allowed inside the system, the pump will start pulling on it instead of the water. As a result, the water in your swimming pool will not circulate through the pump and filtration system as often as it should, resulting in stagnant, unhealthy water.

If you notice any of the above signs, you should have your pool pump inspected by a professional. Contact a contractor that offers swimming pool pump repair services to have them look at your pump and discuss your options for fixing the pump.