Pool Pump Repair
Your pool pump is the heart of your pool’s circulation system. The pump works by pulling water from the swimming pool through your skimmer and main drain, through a filter, and then back into the pool. Your pump needs to run every day to keep your pool clean and safe. If your pool pump is malfunctioning, it’s an urgent problem. You can count on our pool pump repair technicians for cost-effective, reliable repairs to get your pump back in good working order.
Common Pool Pump Problems
If your pump is failing to function or making strange noises, our techs will begin by diagnosing the problem. Pool pump problems can involve the motor or the pump itself, which is called the ‘wet end’
your pump motor may need repair if it does not start, overheats, or makes loud noises. Most pool pump problems happen with the motor. If the motor is the problem, pool pump motor repair may be a good choice if your motor is fairly new or only needs minor parts replaced. Motor repair can be labor-intensive and sometimes it’s more affordable to just replace the pump.
The wet end refers to any parts where water comes through. This includes the gaskets, o-rings, seals, impeller, pump pot, pump basket, diffuser, and volute. Problems with the wet end can include worn seals, clogged diffusers and impellers, cracked volutes, broken baskets, and leaks. These problems are usually more affordable to fix.
Why Is My Pool Pump Making Loud Noises?
There are a few reasons your pool pump can make strange noises. No matter the cause, the problem needs to be fixed quickly. A pool pump that is getting loud is usually preparing to fail. Ignoring the problem can also transform a simple fix into a complete motor replacement.
If you hear screeching noises, the problem may be as simple as worn bearings in the motor. Bearings are mounted on the motor to reduce friction. This means bearings are subject to a lot of wear. If the bearings are the problem, you can either replace them or replace the motor. Some pool owners just replace the motor because bearing replacement is labor-intensive.
If you hear something that sounds like rocks in the pump, it can be caused by the pump vibrating on its pad or cavitation. Cavitation means the pump isn’t getting enough water. The impeller spins faster without enough water and this beats the air molecules out of the water. Eventually, the pump will lose its prime and run dry. The water left behind in the volute boils and steams. The steam can cause internal parts of the pump to melt.
These are the two most common reasons a pool pump would make loud noises. Still, it’s possible for debris or a blockage to cause noise. Sometimes debris gets into the pump and causes a grinding noise.
Does My Pool Pump Need to Be Repaired or Replaced?
One of the biggest concerns homeowners have when a pump malfunctions is whether it’s cost-effective to replace the motor or just buy a new pump. As a general rule, we suggest replacing your pool pump if the repair or replacement costs will be about 65% of the cost of a new pump.
The first step to deciding which is best is assessing the lifespan of your pump. Cast iron and bronze pumps were once standard, but they are no longer used. If you have a metal pump, replacement parts will be hard to find and expensive. These pumps should be replaced. The same applies to pumps that have been discontinued. If your pump has a cracked or dry rotted housing, it’s time to replace the pump. The housing is the second-most expensive part to replace after the motor. A pump that is 10+ years old is also nearing the end of its lifespan.
If your pump does not have any signs of wet end problems, motor replacement may be a cost-effective solution. Listen to the sound of your pump after you turn on the power. If there is silence, a pop and a click, a humming sound, or a loud grinding or screech, it’s a sign your motor needs work. Sometimes this is as simple as the capacitor. A pop and click or silence indicates a bigger problem.
How Long Does a Pool Pump Last?
In Las Vegas, pool pumps should typically be replaced once they reach 10 years old. At this point, breakdowns and repairs will become frequent. The cost to maintain an old pool pump will soon exceed its value.
A pool pump motor will usually last for 8-10 years before it needs to be rebuilt or have parts replaced. It’s common for homeowners to replace the entire pool pump when the motor fails, but this isn’t necessary. The plastic parts of the pump, called the wet end, usually do not fail completely. Smaller repairs such as replacing worn o-rings and broken baskets can extend the life of the pump. Rebuilding the motor is more complicated and expensive.
In general, we recommend pool pump repair in Las Vegas when:
- The cost of pool pump motor repair is 65% or less of the cost of a replacement.
- Your pump or motor is less than 5 years old.
- You want to avoid plumbing work necessary to connect a new pump
- Your pump is too large or too small.
- Your motor is more than 5 years old or the entire system is 10+ years old
- We find fatal problems or repairs would require expensive or hard-to-find parts
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Pool pump problems should never be ignored. If your pump shuts down for even a day or two, algae can overtake your pool and require draining and acid washing. We specialize in swimming pool pump repair with a focus on customer service and cost-effective pricing. Our techs will diagnose the problem with your pump and let you know whether swimming pool pump repair or replacement is the right choice. Contact us today for an estimate on your Las Vegas pool pump repairs.
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