The swimming pool contractors from Imperial Pools in Champaign, Illinois explain that the pool pump is the heart of the equipment that keeps the pool operational. Is there something wrong with the pool pump? That’s not a question you want to ponder when you head out to the pool.

If you think there might be a problem with the pool pump, you need to get on the phone and call your pool contractor as soon as possible. If the pump stops working propertly the water won’t go through the filtration system, the water will not get “turned over” and the pool system will not get properly cleaned. This leads to dirty water, algae build up and other pool issues you don’t want to have to contend with.

Is there something wrong with the pool pump?

If the pool pump stops functioning or stops working as well as it used to, you don’t want to put off calling a pool contractor. The sooner you call, the sooner your pool may be able to be fixed — a repair will probably be less costly than a pool pump replacement.

What are some of the pool pump problems that could arise?

  1. It could be leaking. The reasons a pool pump could leak is because of a bad o-ring, bad thread sealant or shrunken threats on the discharge pipe. These parts are inexpensive and can be an easy fix. Your pool contractor can inspect the pool equipment and let you know if it’s an easy fix.
  2. If water isn’t pulling water into the system it could be that there is a clog or another restriction that is causing the water flow to be impeded. Check the skimmer and pump basket and remove anything that may be clogging the system. There could also be a lead in the suction line that your pool contractor will check once he’s checked the other potential issues.
  3. The motor either won’t turn on or turn off. If the motor turns itself off after running only a few minutes, it is not doing its job properly. Many times when the motor turns on or off, it is an electrical or heating issue. You will also want to check the breakers if the motor keeps turning off. An electrical issue with the motor requires the services of an electrician.
  4. The pump is noisy. A pump will make noise, but if it gets louder or if it’s noisier than usual you will want to see if you can identify the source of the noise and where it’s originating. Call your pool contractor if you can’t see any visible reason for the additional pump noise.
  5. Only air is going through the pump. The pump is made to take in water — not air. A pool pump is supposed to be airtight and taking on air is a problem. A bad thread sealant is one of the most common reasons for the pump to take on air. This is an easy fix.

If you can easily find and fix the issue with your pool pump, please do! If you can’t figure out what the issue is, call a professional pool contractor who can find and fix the problem before any harm comes to the pool or the pump itself.