Pool Pump Motor Maintenance and Repair

Published by Mike Peterson on 10th May 2023

A pool pump motor is the heart of your pool’s circulation system, and it is responsible for keeping the water clean and clear. The motor works by drawing water from the pool and pushing it through the filtration system, where it is cleaned and then returned to the pool. Over time, pool pump motors can develop problems that require repair or replacement. In this blog post, we will discuss pool pump motor repair and provide some tips on how to keep your motor running smoothly.

Common Pool Pump Motor Problems

Pool pump motors are prone to several common problems including:

1. Motor won't start: If your motor won't start, it could be due to a faulty capacitor, a broken impeller, or a burned-out motor.

2. Motor is noisy: If your motor is making unusual noises, it could be due to a loose or damaged impeller, a worn-out bearing, or a damaged shaft.

3. Motor overheats: If your motor is overheating, it could be due to a clogged or dirty filter, a blocked impeller, or a malfunctioning thermal overload switch.

4. Motor runs but doesn't pump water: If your motor is running but not pumping water, it could be due to a clogged or blocked pump basket, a broken impeller, a blocked or clogged filter or the pump is not catching a prime.

Pool Pump Motor Repair

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your pool pump motor, you may need to repair or replace it. Here are some steps you can take to repair your pool pump motor:

1. Turn off power: Before you start working on your pool pump motor, be sure to turn off the power to the motor at the circuit breaker.

2. Disassemble the pump: Disassemble the pump and remove the impeller and motor from the housing.

3. Inspect the parts: Inspect the parts for damage, wear and tear, or other problems.

4. Replace damaged parts: Replace any damaged parts, such as the impeller, mechanical seal or bearings.

5. Reassemble the pump: Reassemble the pump and test it to make sure it is running smoothly.

Preventative Maintenance

To prevent problems with your pool pump motor, it is important to perform regular maintenance. Here are some tips to keep your pool pump motor running smoothly:

1. Clean the filter: Clean the filter regularly to prevent clogs and blockages.

2. Clean the impeller: Clean the impeller regularly to prevent blockages and damage.

3. Check the alignment: Check the alignment of the pump with both the intake and discharge pipes.

4. Check for leaks: look for leaks from the mechanical seal, plugs or plumbing fittings.

5. Check the power source: Check the power source regularly to ensure it is working properly.

In conclusion, pool pump motor repair is an essential part of pool maintenance. By understanding the common problems that can occur with pool pump motors, you can take steps to prevent them from happening and ensure your pool is clean and clear all season long. If you are unsure about how to repair your pool pump motor, we suggest you bring the pump Palmer’s Electric Motors & Pumps where we will perform a thorough inspection and suggest a cost-effective repair or replacement option.