Your pool features a critical circulatory system that maintains clear, sanitized water for you to swim in. The pool pump is essentially the beating heart that keeps that system functioning properly, and there isn’t a pump on the planet that’s designed to last forever. So how can you tell if your pool pump is nearing its end? The experts at Royal Pool & Spa discuss the telltale signs you need a pool pump motor replacement below.

How To Tell If Your Pool Pump Is Going Bad

Unusually Noisy Pump Operation

Pool pumps are designed to operate quietly, so if yours has recently started making a racket, there’s a high likelihood you have a broken component on your hands. Typically, loud pool pumps result from one or more of the following issues:

  • A blockage inside the pump
  • An overly full or broken pump basket
  • A clogged skimmer line or impeller
  • Closed suction valves
  • Worn motor bearings
  • Unless you’re deeply familiar with pool pump diagnosis, determining the cause of the noise can be difficult or downright impossible. Whenever your pump begins operating more loudly than usual, contact a pool repair service for an inspection.

    The Motor Continually Shuts Down

    If your pool pump keeps turning off by itself, that’s typically a sign of a clogged or overheating motor, both of which necessitate repairs. Because a proper diagnosis requires pump disassembly and inspection, only a professional should determine whether you need a pool pump motor replacement or a different type of repair.

    Any time your pump isn’t running smoothly or continuously, contact a professional for an inspection. These types of issues never go away on their own, so if you like swimming in a clean pool, don’t ignore an obvious problem!

    Loss of Suction

    Your pool pump is designed to pull water into the filter before pumping that water back out into the pool. But if the motor is failing, the pump may experience a loss of suction, which will affect the cleanliness of the entire pool.

    If you’ve noticed your pool water seems cloudier than usual, check the pressure gauge on the filter. A reading that is 10 PSI or more above its normal level indicates a dirty filter, which can definitely cloud the water. But if the reading is lower than normal, either a pool plumbing leak or a failing suction motor is likely the culprit behind your dirty water.

    An experienced pool technician can inspect your system and determine what’s causing the abnormal pressure reading on your filter. Depending on the culprit, he can also advise you on whether you need a pool pump motor replacement or plumbing repairs.

    The Pump Has Exceeded Its Projected Lifespan

    Every pool pump has a finite lifespan, and if the motor inside your pump is nearing its end, it’s best to replace it promptly. Generally, pool pump motors last approximately 11-15 years, but that lifespan relies on a variety of factors, the most prevalent of which is proper maintenance.

    If you’re unsure of exactly how old your pool pump is, contact a pool repair services company that can determine its age. If you learn your pump is older than 15 years, go ahead and request a pool pump motor replacement. Since there’s a high likelihood of impending pump failure, being as proactive as possible will ensure your pool remains clean and safe to swim in.


    Need Pool Pump Motor Replacement? Contact Royal Pool & Spa

    If you suspect your pool pump motor is nearing failure, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Royal Pool & Spa to schedule a replacement. We specialize in a wide variety of pool repairs, maintenance, renovations and pool installations, and each of our technicians boasts a minimum of 10 years in the industry. To schedule an appointment, learn more about our services, or request an quote, call our White Bear Lake, MN office today at 651-779-7606 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.