Well-maintained high-quality pool pumps can last between eight to 12 years. If you've missed out on many critical pool services, however, you can expect your pump to fail sooner. If your pump is more than half a decade old and it's becoming more and more problematic, it's best to get a new one.
How long do pool pumps last? Your pool pump should be replaced anywhere between 8 to 15 years depending on the quality, and a full replacement may cost over $800. Your pool pump is the “heart” of your swimming pool as it circulates water throughout, bringing water through the filtration and heating systems.
A pool pump can overheat in two ways: because of an electrical problem or friction. While electrically related failures are by far the most common cause for pump overheating, as we will discuss at length, there is also the potential for a friction fire to develop if a pump is starved for water.
Pumps should last through the initially installed motor and perhaps as many as two or three replacement motors, usually 10-12 years. Modern pumps are made of hard plastic and will over time warp. If you still have an older cast iron or bronze pump on your pool, it's time to budget in a new pump and motor complete.
Over time, older pumps can begin to deteriorate and lose power. In other cases, you might need to clean the filter or have it backwashed.
Although it's generally recommended that all the pool water undergo filtration every 24 hours, the pump does not need to run all the time. A proactive, productive and energy-saving maintenance activity is to remove the debris floating on the pool surface with a hand-held skimmer.
On average, pool pump replacement costs about $440, average prices ranged from $80 to $800 for pool pump replacement in the US in 2020.
There are several reasons why your pump may randomly shut off—a behavior known as "pump tripping." Most commonly, your pump may be operating at the wrong voltage, overheating, or simply failing to compete with your neighborhood's electrical needs.
With proper preventative maintenance, the non wear out parts of a filter should last between 5-10 years as well- these include the band clamps, the internal grids, and plumbing including valves. The wear out parts- O rings, gauges, air relief systems, and Cartridge filter elements all need to be checked annually.
It is entirely safe to run your pool pump when it's raining – most of the time. Running your pool pump during rain should not affect the pumps' ability to do the job it was designed to do.
When working correctly, pool pumps should be completely full of water. ... There are instances where a variable speed running on a low speed will not fill up the pump completely. This is ok as long as the water level does not continue to fall and cause the pump to run dry.
As long as it runs for at least 8 hours in every 24-hour period, you're good to go. Overall, the lessons learned today is you should run your pool pump an average 8 hours a day to properly circulate and clean your water. The pump should push your entire pool in gallons in this 8 hour period of time.
New Pool Pump Cost
The average pool pump costs about $690 but prices depend on the model you choose. Single-speed and low-head pumps cost the least, ranging from $300 to $600. Variable speed and high-head submersible models are on the pricier end between $800 and $1,200.
A professional electrician will be needed to disconnect the wiring before a pump can be removed. Once a new pump is installed, an electrician will again be necessary to reconnect the wires to the new pump. A do-it-yourself homeowner with basic mechanical aptitude can replace the pool pump in a relatively short time.
It may be cheaper to run the pump at night, but honestly you should run it 1 hour a day per 10 degrees of temperature at least, and it should be during the day. Running the pump at night should only be when you are doing a major chemical treatment such as algae clean-up.
One of the most significant consumers of energy in homes with swimming pools are pool pumps, which keep pools clean by circulating water through filters. Pool pumps can consume 3,000 to over 5,000 kWh per year.
Depending on the size of your pool, we still recommend you run your pump run at least 4-6 hours a day during the fall and winter months. The daily cycle can be divided into multiple cycles, but each cycle should be no shorter than 4 hours, for all the water to pass through the filter at least once.
Run the pump for 8 hours, every 24 hours. You can also pause in between; there is no need to run it continuously. Ideally, after you shock the pool, be sure to run the pump at night and during non-peak hours, to save on your energy bills.
How Often Should I Shock My Pool? Shocking your pool regularly will help to keep the water clean and free of contaminants. You should aim to shock your pool about once a week, with the additional shock after heavy use. Some tell-tale signs that your pool needs to be shocked are cloudy, foamy, green, or odourous water.
The size of your pool, the efficiency of your pump and filter, and how dirty your pool is are just some of the factors you need to consider. Nevertheless, most pool cleaning professionals would advise against running a pool pump for more than 8 hours a day.
Bottom line, the filter must be backwashed on a regular basis to ensure that your pool water is clear. "When do we need to backwash?" - It is recommended to backwash your filter once every 4-6 weeks of regular use.