How To Tell If Pool Pump Is Bad

A pool pump is a crucial component in a swimming pool. This motor-powered device keeps the water circulating by driving it through a filter device and a chlorinator.

It removes unwanted debris particles and ensures that the water that returns is clean and healthy. Moreover, a pool pump disperses and circulates chemical treatments into the water making sure that they are evenly spread and that the water doesn’t become stagnant. 

A pool pump that is not working properly is going to be ineffective in fulfilling its purpose and there is a risk of the water becoming dirty. Some signs will indicate when a pump has gone bad and needs to be replaced. We have identified them below. 

How to tell if pool pump is bad

The Pump Is Producing A Lot Of Noise

Your pool pump should not produce a lot of noise when it is functioning. If it starts to produce a loud, grinding, or gargling noise it is likely a sign that something is not quite right.

This sound can be particularly annoying for pool users and owners who are trying to relax but are instead faced with this disturbance. 

A noisy pump can be a sign of a few issues. For example, the suction lines may be closed off or the skimmers may be clogged with debris.

Your pump may also be noisier than normal due to rusty bearings. Of course, the way that you react to the noise is going to depend on what you think is causing the problem.

If the skimmers are clogged, you will need to remove them and then clean them to get rid of the debris. Furthermore, if the bearings are rusty, you will need to remove them before this rust spreads to other components. 

The Pump Is Old

An older pool pump may be more prone to issues. It is important to remember that the components are not going to last forever and eventually they will begin to deteriorate in quality.

In general, the components that make up a pool pump are expected to last for around 10 to 15 years. If the pool pump is nearing its maximum lifespan it is more than likely in need of replacement. 

Water Is Leaking Out Of The Pump

A leaking pool pump usually occurs as a result of a pressure side leak that has been caused by poor-quality housing or seals. This is a problem that is fairly easy and inexpensive to rectify.

First, you will need to inspect the parts of the pump to see whether or not they are causing the problem. You can then start to disassemble the pump before fitting the replacement parts.

The Pump Is Not Turning On Or Turning Off

If your pump is struggling to turn on or it will not turn off it is likely a sign that something is either broken or the pump is bad. If you are experiencing issues when turning the pump on and keeping it on, you will need to check that the pump is properly connected to its power source.

You will then need to check parts like the capacitor to see whether they need to be changed. Furthermore, if the pump turns on but then loses power shortly after, it may be overheating and there may be a problem concerning the fan or the vents.

The Power Is Tripping

Have you noticed that the power seems to trip whenever the pump is turned on? If so, you may be dealing with a pretty severe electrical issue.

If the pump is connected to an electric breaker box, it may be the case that it is overloaded with too many appliances or that the pump is nearing the end of its life. 

As such, you must be prepared to invest in a new pump. Whilst this may not be the most budget-friendly solution, if there is no other way of fixing the problem, it is going to be the only option.

The Pump Has A Low Flow Rate

The flow rate of a pool pump varies depending on its capacity. If you have noticed that the flow rate of the pool pump has dropped and is lower than what it previously was, there are a few steps that you will need to follow.

First, you will need to check the filter gauge to make sure that it is displaying the reading that is advised by the manufacturer.

If the reading appears to be correct, there are other components that you will need to check. This includes the impeller and the pump basket. Disassemble these parts and give them a thorough clean.

The Pump Is Losing Prime

If the pump seems to be losing its prime and losing suction the pump may either be clogged up or the motor may be starting to wear.

If you have concluded that the aforementioned seems to be the problem, you may be able to overcome it by cleaning it and removing any debris that appears to be blocking it.

However, if the motor is worn and cannot be repaired, you will need to consider investing in a new pump altogether. 

Water Is Spitting Out Of The Pump

Does your pool pump seem to be blowing bubbles or spitting water? If so, you may be dealing with an air leak. An air leak is going to affect the pump's ability to filter the water, so you must deal with this issue as soon as possible. 

Final Thoughts

Many signs can indicate that your pool pump is bad. Some of these issues may be more noticeable and easier to detect than others. Upon discovering any problems with your pool pump you must ensure that you respond accordingly.

If you ignore any of these problems there is a risk that they are going to get worse and the pump may stop functioning altogether. Whilst some less severe problems can be easily repaired, those that are more significant may warrant an investment in a new pool pump.