It’s still pretty warm in Atlanta, and we haven’t yet closed our fiberglass pool. Over the last few days, our pool pump has started making some strange noises. It doesn’t happen all the time, but we’re not sure what we should do about it. Do you have any swimming pool pump troubleshooting tips for us, or is it time to call in the pros?
Signed- Addled in Atlanta
While northerners are thinking about winter pool maintenance, we realize that other places across the country are still enjoying swim season. That said, I appreciate your question and do have a few tricks up my sleeve that you can try before you call the pros.
If you want to know the physics behind how your pump works, here it is: a pool has a centrifugal pump with an impeller and a diffuser that spins and creates a low pressure area in the eye of the impeller. This, with the help of atmospheric pressure allows the water to be pulled through the pump. There is no diaphragm that actually pumps to move the water. So, air disrupts the pressure levels necessary to keep the water moving.
If that was “TMI” for you, then just know that your pump is just not gonna work right if you get air in your system. Add some water to your pool.
If none of these tips fix your pool pump problem, it’s time to call the pros.
If you have checked all the things I’ve outlined above, and your pump is still making noise (especially if it sounds like grinding, buzzing, or even screaming), shut it off right away and call your local pool service technician for help. They might be able to fix it, or it might be time for a new pump. Either way, it shouldn’t be too long before you’re right back in the pool, enjoying the sunshine. Happy swimming.
Until next time- The General
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