How To Fix A Swimming Pool Pump


The pool pump needs to be maintained often if you want to keep your pool in top shape. If the pool pump breaks down, it can require pricey repairs or new parts. The most frequent problems with swimming pool pumps are covered here, along with solutions.

Troubleshooting Common Pool Pump Problems

While fixing a pool pump, obstructions or debris clogging the intake and/or output valve will be the most frequent issue. Start by using a garden hose or brush to remove any debris from both valves. The water should be able to flow freely through the pump once again and normal operation should be restored.

Air leaks or low water levels in the system are two more problems that could make your pool pump malfunction. In this instance, make sure the strainer basket is completely filled with water before adding more water to fill any air spaces and get the level up to where it needs to be for proper operation. Moreover, you can use a pair of pliers to mend any tears or holes that may be allowing air to enter and tighten any loose screws.

Tips For Maintaining Your Pool Pump

There are a few routine things you can do to make sure your pool pump keeps functioning smoothly:

  • Every three to four months, make sure all the screws, nuts, and bolts are tightly fastened.
  • Scrub the area surrounding the skimmer baskets as necessary.
  • Every six months, use silicone spray to lubricate the o-rings (not oil)
  • If stop plugs have corroded, remove them.
    Ensure that all hoses are firmly connected.


It’s not always simple to fix a pool pump, but with regular maintenance inspections and replacements when necessary, it should become simpler over time. You can keep your pool in good working order all summer long by adhering to these easy suggestions!


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