If you have a pool at home, it’s important to understand the systems and functions, so you can maintain them as needed and identify potential issues. One of the most critical components of any swimming pool is the pump, which serves as the water circulation system.
What Does the Pool Pump Do?
The pump consists of a motor, impeller, and filter for hair and lint. The engine pulls water from the pool through the skimmer and drain, filters it, and returns it into circulation. The air-cooled electric motor is typically 110 or 220 volts. The impeller, connected to the end of the motor, rotates to pull water through the filter and push it out through the top of the pump. The hair and lint trap should be cleaned at least twice a week to keep water flowing through.
What Signs Indicate an Issue With the Pool Pump?
If insufficient water is returning to the swimming pool, it’s likely that the impeller is clogged with debris. If the pump pressure is lower than average, that’s an indication of a clogged impeller. When the hair and lint trap is clogged, the pump will move air instead of water into the pool, which is known as loss of prime. That clog can cause the motor to burn out.
When Should I Run the Pump?
Running your pump depends on your energy cost and chemical demand. Running the pump from sunrise to sunset allows you to provide the correct amount of chlorine, but electrical prices are often higher during daylight hours. Make sure the chlorine level exceeds 3.0 ppm during the day. The higher the air temperature, the longer you’ll need to run the pump each day. This is usually an average of 12 hours a day in the hottest months and four hours a day during the coldest months. Do not run the pump for fewer than four hours as it will be unable to clean the entire pool.
How Do I Backwash the Pump?
First, turn the pump off and engage the backwash valve mechanism. Extend the backwash hose and turn on the pump to release water and debris until the liquid released is completely clear for at least 30 seconds. Turn the pump off again and return the valve to filter mode. Then, open the air release valve and monitor the pressure gauge to ensure the system is operating correctly.
Pump maintenance is essential to let you enjoy a clean, safe pool. If you have trouble with your pool’s pump, pH balance, or general cleanliness, enlist the help of a professional pool cleaning service. Blue Chip Pool Service is a no-contract South Florida pool cleaning company that is dedicated to giving you superior service. Contact us at (561) 907-4862 to learn about how to schedule a free pool cleaning.