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Pool Pumps

Nobody wants to have to replace pool pumps, but it really is inevitable. If you think about it, pool pumps operate for an amazing number of hours in their lifespan. If you drove your car for 12 hours a day, every single day, you’d expect it to be facing the junkyard in no time. Since that is what pool pumps do, it makes sense that they fail from time to time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to maximize the life of pool pumps and avoid premature failure.

  • Avoid Overheating – It is normal for the motors of pool pumps to feel warm, but you should take care to let them get airflow so they do not overheat. Do not let bushes, mulch or other things crowd the motor so it can operate properly. Additionally, be sure your pool pump doesn’t lose its prime because of an air leak, as this will make it susceptible to burnout.
  • Improper Filter – Be sure the filter you have for your pool is large enough so that the pump doesn’t labor to push water through it. Also be sure the pipes entering and exiting the pump are the correct diameter.
  • Debris – Pool pumps are only part of the pool equipment, and they rely on the other components working properly. If your skimmer or the pump basket is not grabbing debris as it should, a clogged pipe can result, and that will quickly damage the pump.
  • Electrical – An electrical issue is another way to ruin perfectly good pool pumps. Regularly inspect all connections and wiring to make sure nothing has become lose and that insects or other critters haven’t taken up residence under the wiring cover. And be very careful when using a weed whacker near your pool pump.

If the inevitable has happened and your pool pump needs to be repaired or replaced, give us a call at Cayman Pool & Spa. We serve the Mooresville, North Carolina area with pool pumps and all the other things you may need to keep your pool operating smoothly. Leave the work to us, and you can relax in the pool without worrying about a single thing.