Today you will learn some pool pump repair tips that can help with simple problems. These tips can work for the following common issues and do not apply to every problem. 

You can also call an expert for your swimming pool or consider a pool pump repair service. In some cases, it’s a better idea to ask for help.

The Pool Pump Motor Does Not Turn On Or Turns Off While Running

If your pool pump does not work on or turn off quickly after it started, it can be an electrical problem. When you have one of these two issues, you can do the following:

First, you need to check if the pool pump is on by checking the timer. When it is on and does not run at full speed while you hear a humming noise, it can be a problem with the capacitor. This part must be replaced by a professional. If the pool pump is old, our suggestion is to replace the motor at all.

If the pool pump starts working but losing power after a while, it can be a problem with overheating. You can consider running during the night or hours of the day with lower temperatures. If the problem continues, no matter your efforts on that part, you must replace the pool motor or the pool hump.

Pool Pump Is Not Pumping Or Flow Rate Is Low

When the flow rate is low, it means that something blocks the flow of the water. You need to check if the problem is on the pool pump or filter. So, the first step is to take a look at the filter gauge. If you are above 10 psi above the normal reading, clean the filter. It will reduce the pressure and reset your pool pump’s flow.

Then, check your pump basket and impeller for debris. Before you remove the impeller, turn the power off to the pump and remove the screws in the middle of the pump body. Next, pull the assembly out of the housing and remove the gasket away from the impeller. You can now remove any debris and re-assemble.

The Pool Pump Is Leaking

If you have a leaky pool pump, the leak is caused by a pressure-side leak most of the time. You check for any seals that need replacement, like the o-rings in the impeller housing or the shaft seal.

The Pool Pump Is Sucking In Air

If you want a pool pump to work properly, pool pumps must be airtight. When there is a leak, it sucks in the air, and the problems will start as well. You can check the pump lid in the beginning. If you have not put the lid on properly, the pump will suck in air and will not prime.

If there is no problem in this part, there are some different things that you need to check. For example, check the pump stem, any suction valves, o-rings, gaskets. You must check for any leaks and cracks. If you find the problem, you need to replace the broken part.

Another idea is to spray some shaving cream on all the areas that can cause this problem. If there is a leak, it will suck in the shaving cream and leave a dimple. Of course, it would be better to ask for the help of a professional to replace any of the problematic parts.

The Pool Pump Is Making A Lot Of Noise

When the noise of a pool pump is too loud, it is frustrating for you and other people that have to hear it. If your motor is really rattling, it may need a better water flow. This noise sounds like running with rocks on the pool pump basket. In every case, we need to fix this issue, and there are some things we can do.

We can start with the suction lines. If some of them are closed off, the water flow will be low, and the pump will become noisy. Next, if the skimmers are clogged, you can remove any debris and re-assemble. In some cases, your pump could be too powerful for your pool. You need to replace it with a pool pump that fits our pool. 

If your pool pump is making a screeching noise, the problem can be worn bearings. You can change the bearings or get a newer motor that would solve most of these problems.

 The Pool Pump Basket Is Not Filling With Water

The pool pump could be sucking in air, your pool pump basket could be clogged, or the problem is the filter. You can follow a few steps to solve this issue, but again it would be easier to call a professional. 

So, clean the filter and the pool pump basket and then check the water level in your skimmer. If it is low, this could be your air problem. Then, you can use the shave cream test to find any other leaks and replace or fix the part with the problem.

The Pool Pump Does Not Start But Makes A Humming Noise

You need to check your impeller for any debris. They will block the impeller and disable the pool pump if they start to build. Before checking the impeller, turn the power off to the pump and remove the screws. Then, you can pull the assembly out of the housing, and remove the gasket, remove any debris and re-assemble.


Now that you have read the basic pool pump repair tips for common problems. You can try to fix some of these issues by yourself. However, if you are not sure about a step, don’t have the right tools, or don’t feel comfortable doing them, you should ask for help from a professional.


Simple mistakes in these tasks can create more problems than the ones you try to solve. You can also use a mobile pool pump service to make sure that the problems will be fixed and that your pool will work properly.


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