My pool pump is not working and I just replaced it two years ago. Shouldn’t it last longer? This was a question that a former customer said to us on the phone. We had replaced his motor only two years ago.
Swimming pool pumps are work horses but they need to be cared for in order for them to work for their normal “life span.”
A swimming pool pump that is properly cared for should last a few years. That is a reasonable life span. Many pool pumps last even longer than that.
Why would a swimming pool pump need to be replaced earlier?
This is a question that people ask us when they call to tell us that their pump died.
Here are the main reasons that cause a pool pump to die early.
Water Chemistry not Properly Maintained
Maintaining pool chemistry is essential to increasing the life span of pool equipment. Over time when the pool chemistry is not maintained, it can cause corrosion on the pool equipment. This corrosion decreases the effectiveness of the pool equipment and it will eventually break down.
You don’t leave your hand on it or it will get burned. You can check the temperature of a pool pump by using a temperature gage for electrical equipment.
If the pool pump is too small for the filter than it will have to expend more electrical energy in order for it to keep up with the demands of the pool filter.
We are located north of Atlanta. A large percentage of our customers keep their pools open year round. This means that the pumps are having to work even through the cold winter months.
Good pool pumps are designed to work year round. But, if the chemicals are not properly maintained and the pool is neglected in the off season months, this will contribute to the pool pump motor going out early.
The average life span of a pool pump is only a few years. You can amage (ie flood, mud, debris around motor, not keeping leaves away from vents)