Pool Filter & Pump Troubleshooting

Overview

A pool is a wonderful luxury almost all of us would love to have. Some people forget, however, that it takes a lot to keep a pool running properly. Two of the main components of a functioning pool are the filter and pump system. Knowing how to troubleshoot them if something goes wrong can save you money and hours of lost fun during a hot summer.

No Flow

If you are experiencing a rather light flow of water into the pool, it's likely that the pump or filter is to blame. If you are experiencing low water pressure issues, look into the pump lid. If there is not any water moving through the pump basket, there may be an issue. Check the pressure gauge on the water pump to see if the pool system has pressure. If the pressure is too high, that means the pressure side of the pump system is faulty; if it is low the suction area is faulty. If you're dealing with high pressure, you should clean out the filter and check that all the valves in that area are open. Look to see if there is any debris in the filter. If you're dealing with low pressure, clean and lube all the O-rings in the pump system. Check that all the suction valves are completely open and clear of debris. Lift out the pump basket and clean it out.

Leaking Pumps

Check the threading on your pump to see if it has been damaged. The most common reason for a leaking pump is a faulty thread. This can cause low pressure in your system. You can replace these threads with a high heat variant that will prevent leakage in the future. These parts are rather cheap and do not take long to install. Mechanical seals on the actual pump mechanism can become worn as well, causing leakage. Replacing the mechanical shaft seal will solve this.

Motor Will Not Turn On

If the motor on your pump will not start, check to make sure the breaker running your motor is turned on. If it is, check to make sure the automatic timer is turned on, and that the motor should be running at the time you are checking it. Check to make sure that any electrical connections are secure, and that there is no damage or evidence of electrical burns along the wire. If this does not give results, you may want to use a voltage reader to ensure that the motor is receiving power.

Leaking Filter

If you have sand in the pool or excess amounts of dirt, you will want to check that the filter does not have a leak. A lot of filters use sand to filter dirt and debris out of your water, so if you find puddles of sand in your pool, especially around the filter area, the filter has sprung a leak.

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