Pump Replacement

A properly functioning pump is the key to a clean and safe pool. Clues that there are problems with the pump include: a squealing noise after the pump starts up, overheating of the motor, leaks around the pump housing or a full hair and lint strainer basket that will not empty its water.

Before replacing the pump, review the manufacturer’s tag on the motor and pump. Be sure to purchase a replacement pump that is the same horse power, volts and frame as the current pump. During any repairs of this sort, turn off the circuit breaker and lock out the panel box, if in another area.

1. Disconnect the power and ground wires from the motor.

2. Disconnect the plumbing from the pump.

3. Install the pump according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that the pump is level and the plumbing connections are secure. Then reconnect the motor using the wiring diagram. Before starting the pump, allow a few hours for the assembly joints to cure, creating a tight seal if new new pipe connections were added.

4. Fill the hair and lint strainer basket with water, closing the valves on the main drain, skimmer and vacuum line. This allows the pump to prime itself when it is started. Check all pipe connections and be sure the shut off switch near the pump is off.

5. Open the main drain and skimmer valve half way, turn on the circuit breaker, and then flip the pump switch to the on position. Let the pump run for a few moments and check the plumbing connections for leaks. If there are noises or leaks, turn off the pump, make the appropriate repairs and start the pump again.