Frequently Asked Questions
DIY Solutions for Your Pool Pump & Electric Motors
Q: What is a pool pump and what does it do?
A: Your pool pump circulates, filters, and cleans the water in your pool. This not only makes your pool cleaner, but it also adds longevity to your water. Essentially, your pool pump prevents algae from turning your water green, and it makes your family’s pool time more enjoyable.
Q: How many hours per day should I run my pool pump?
A: On average, your pool pump should run for up to 8 hours per day. Most pool pumps have a timer that will automatically put your pump on pause until it’s time to run again.
Q: Should I run my pool pump at night or during the day?
A: Because algae grows in sunlight, it’s a good idea to keep your pool pump running throughout the day. This is when your pool is most vulnerable to bacterial growth. On the other hand, running your pump at night is generally more efficient because it’s not considered a “peak time,” so your electric company will charge you less. Use your best discretion to determine when to run your pump.
Q: How long does a pool pump last?
A: Typically, pool pump motors last an average of 8 to 12 years before they need to be replaced. Certain factors can affect the longevity of your pump, like the size of your pump and how often you use it.
Q: How do I know if I need to replace my pool pump?
A: While there certainly comes a time when you’ll need a new pool pump, there are many instances when you can simply repair or replace a worn part for a fraction of the cost. That said, you might need a new pump if you’ve had your pump for 8+ years. If your pump is losing suction, shutting off unexpectedly, or causing power surges, these could all be warning signs that you need a new pump. To be sure, give your pool pump specialists a call at 239-574-4499.
Q: How much does a new pool pump cost?
A: A new pool pump can cost you anywhere from $150 to up to $800 depending on the type of pump you choose.
Q: Can I fix my pool pump on my own?
A: Yes! Often times, you don’t really need a new pump. You can fix a lot of common pool pump problems all on your own. If your pump is giving you trouble, keep reading to find out how you can fix five popular pool pump problems right now.
Common Pool Pump Problems & How To Fix Them
Before you replace your motor, refer to the Q&A below to discover DIY solutions for common pool pump problems (and how to fix them) right now.
Q: How can I get my pump basket to fill water?
A: If your pump basket isn’t filling up with water on its own, you might have a small hole in one of your valves. This can cause the whole system to fail. Luckily, there are ways to identify the source of the leak. And all it takes is a few minutes of your time. Use a garden hose to fill your pump and identify the source of the leak. Then simply repair or replace the leaking part.
Q: Why isn’t my pool pump moving water?
A: Is your pool pump pulling air and causing the whole system to malfunction? Luckily, you can easily fix this common pool pump problem. When your pool pump fails to pull water, this usually indicates a leak in the system. If a part is leaking, your pool pump will not prime properly. You can troubleshoot this problem by making sure your pump lid, suction stem and suction valves are air-tight. Check parts for cracks, and replace worn parts accordingly.
Q: How can I fix a leak in my pool pump?
A: Is water leaking from your pool pump? Don’t panic. This is one of the most common problems you can encounter as a swimming pool owner. The good news is you can easily fix it on your own. Often times, all you need to do is replace a worn part. Click here to learn how you can fix a pool pump leak on your own for $10 or less right now.
Q: What’s wrong with my water pressure?
A: Are your pool jets weak, or is your overall water pressure lacking? If your flow rate is low or nonexistent, there are a few potential causes for this common pool pump problem: (1) there’s a crack in your pump lid, (2) one of your o-rings is bad, (3) your pool’s water level is too low. Here’s how to narrow down the source of the problem: Check your parts for wear. Even the tiniest crack can cause an air leak in your system. And make sure you have enough water in your pool! This one’s pretty simple, but we see it a lot.