When Is It Time to Replace Your Pool Motor?

 A pool pump is what makes the difference between a clean pool and an unpleasant swimming experience. Unfortunately, sometimes your pool’s motor starts acting up. When this happens, all sorts of things can go wrong with your pool, which is why we wrote up this blog post to help people figure out exactly what a pool problem might be. If it’s the motor, then we want to provide you with everything you need to know to solve the issue. If you need anymore assistance with your pool maintenance, Nationwide Pool has got you covered.

Diagnosing the Problem

If you’ve noticed a lack of water clarity, a strange smell, or just something off about your pool water in general, then it’s natural to assume your pump motor might be the problem. However, that isn’t always the case.

Sometimes your pool wall can crack, allowing soil and moisture from underground to seep into your pool. When this happens, it can color your water, affect the smell, and lead to more damage.

If you’re concerned this might be an issue for you, then consult with a qualified professional – repairs can be extensive, but catching it quickly is best. This is just one problem that pool-owners can encounter, so it’s always recommended to contact an expert when you identify a problem.

Is It the Motor?

Listen for any strange sounds from your motor. Screeching, humming, grinding, and other noises could definitely mean something’s off. The bearings might be wearing down, or rust and oxidation might have crept their way into the system. While bearings can be replaced, if it’s the latter then it might be time to replace the whole motor.

If your capacitor is failing, then you’ll likely hear a low humming noise from your motor. This piece supplies electricity to your motor and is obviously essential to things running smoothly. Similar to the bearings, this piece can be replaced fairly easily, meaning you don’t have to get a whole new motor if this starts to go.

If you hear any popping, clicking, or crackling, then it means there’s a potential electrical issue. Careful in your investigations, as we all know the dangers of mixing water and electricity. This part can take some serious knowledge of wiring and electrical engineering, so this is another occasion when calling in a professional might be your best choice.

If you hear absolutely nothing from your motor, then it’s probably dead! This could be a capacitor or power issue, or it could mean your motor simply needs to be replaced. You can again call in a professional if taking your motor apart to figure out what’s wrong sounds like too much hassle.

How Old is Your Motor?

If you’ve noticed a decline in motor quality through signs like general pool cleanliness, constant noise generation, or have just had repeated motor problems, then it could be nearing the end of its life. Most pool motors last for around 10 to 15 years, so if your motor is older than that then it’s definitely recommended you bring in its successor.

If installing a new motor is a daunting task for you, then it’s recommended you call in a professional pool contractor for consultation. At Nationwide Pool, our team of experts would be delighted to assist you in any motor-related issues. Whether you just want our advice or our professionals to come in and do the job for you, we’ve got you covered.