Is it time to replace your pool pump? Home and property owners aren't always sure: Here are the most common signs that you need a full replacement.
Ongoing Screeching or Rattling Noises
If your pump is making unnerving noises, you need to get it checked out. Long-term noises, in particular, can mean it's time for a replacement. Screeching and rattling can indicate problems with pump bearings and rust. That usually leads to a full replacement. Other noises may indicate a failing motor or a similar issue where replacing the pump is the least expensive repair option.
A Pump That's Too Old
There are two ways that pumps can grow too old. First, they reach the limit of their usable life, and multiple components stop working. At this point, it's just better to replace the pump. We see this a lot among pumps that are approaching the 15-year mark, although it can happen earlier depending on climate and use. Second, pump components can become too difficult to find. If it's been years since your pump model parts were manufactured, replacement parts can become very expensive and simply impossible to find. That means it's a good idea to get another pump before something goes wrong.
Power Supply Issues
When pump motors and wiring start to age, your pump loses the ability to properly regulate power as it should. This leads to frequent power surges and sudden emergency shutdowns that can make pumps nearly unusable. If your pump is triggering issues like flipped breakers and safety shutdowns, it's time for an inspection. Sometimes the problem can be repaired with the right wiring fixes, and sometimes it's best to find a new pump instead – particularly a pump that is fully compatible with your home's electricity.
A Dirty Pool and Poor Suction
Let's be clear: Suction issues can have many different causes. To narrow it down, make sure you first check your filters and settings to see if a simple cleaning or reset can solve your problem. If that doesn't work, call in a professional pool service for an inspection to see if there's a stuck valve, blocked pipe, or other issues. Suction problems can develop when a pump simply gets too old and doesn't have enough strength left to do its job. This is when the entire pump should be replaced.
Cracked housing is another common sign of aging. If the plastic components of your pump are starting to dry and crack, it's time to look for a replacement model. If the housing is starting to crack, that's a good sign that other internal components are also cracking or wearing down. Once leaks develop from these aging parts, the pump loses suction and can no longer do its job. Replacement is typically the best choice here.
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