Pool Pump Troubleshooting Guide

Pool Pump Troubleshooting Guide

Pool Pumps are essentially the heart of every pool filtration system. This piece of equipment creates the suction to power water through the entire system. That being said, pool pumps need some troubleshooting and maintenance from time to time. Let us help diagnose the problem and provide recommended fixes and pool pump parts to keep your pool's filtration system running strong.

Here are the most common pool pump issues and troubleshooting tips:

Pool Motor Will Not Start Or Shuts Off

Is the time clock on? Running?
First, check the trippers. Next, is the time clock set correctly? Now, let’s check the overall operation - review the pump seal, ensure that all wiring is connected and de-clog the impeller.

Is the circuit breaker on?
Switch the circuit breaker off and then on. If in doubt about the availability of electrical current to the motor, contact a licensed electrician.

Pump Motor Hums, But Does Not Start

Is the capacitor shorted or opened?
Unfortunately, you will need to replace the capacitor. Find the right part for your pump HERE

Is the motor shaft bound up?
Turn the motor shaft by hand to get the “feel” of the motor. If the shaft feels tight, or doesn’t turn smoothly, it may be time to replace the pump motor.

Pump Motor Runs And Then Shuts Off

Is the impeller turning freely?
It is vital for the impeller to turn freely. Inspect the impeller for proper clearance.

Are there rocks or debris between the impeller and pump housing?
Inspect the impeller and pump housing for debris and rocks. Remove, if necessary.

Is the wiring or connection loose?
Check to verify that the wiring connections are secure.

Is there low voltage at the motor?
Ensure that the correct size wiring has been installed.

Pump Motor Is Noisy

Is it the motor?
Air leaks in the suction can cause rumbling in the motor. Check for air leaks.

Is there a restriction or undersized suction line?
Cavitation is a result of improper suction line sizing, leaks in the piping, or a blockage in the suction line. Inspect all situations.

Is there foreign matter in the pump housing?
Inspect the impeller and pump housing for debris and rocks. Remove foreign objects, if present.

Is there a howling or screeching sound?
Rotate the motor shaft and feel for rough spots or binging. Also, any play or wobbling in the shaft is an indication the armature has become warn. It may be time to replace the pump motor.

Did the vibrations begin once it was installed?
This would indicate that the pump was not properly mounted to your equipment pad or filtration system. Call Leslie’s Service at 800-537-5437 or submit a Pool Service Request Form for assistance.

Pool Pump Motor Overheats

Is the voltage correct?
Low or high voltage will cause overheating of your pool equipment. We recommend calling the power supply company for assistance.

Is the ambient temperature extremely high?
Artificially high ambient temperatures (air surrounding your pool pump) may be created if the motor operated in confined space and circulates the air. Contact Leslie’s Service today.

Is there proper ventilation?
Check the motor fan to verify that it’s not broken. Ensure that the motor air vents are free of debris.

Is the motor in direct sun?
Protect the motor from excess heat by shading from the sun with a pump cover.

Is the wiring the correct size?
Undersized, long power wires will cause overheating. Call Leslie’s Service at 800-537-5437 or submit a Pool Service Request Form for more information.

Pool Pump Will Not Prime

Is the strainer basket full of debris?
Empty the pump basket. Then, check for loose connections and air leaks. Find tips on how to prime a pool pump HERE

Low Flow

Is the pool filter dirty?
Check for clogged plumbing lines and components. This would also be a good time to clean or backwash your pool filter, media and/or filter cartridges. Lastly, check for the proper plumbing size.

Noisy Pump

Is there a leak in any connections?
Is your pump oversized for the size of your pool? Check for air leaks. Vibration typically implies improper mounting to the equipment pad. If using a variable speed pump, you should see the specific error messages on the digital display.

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