Pumps & Motors (cont.)
sure the water level in the pool is high
enough, and that the skimmer weir is not
stuck in the up position. Make sure that
the incoming and outgoing valves are in
the open position. If you suspect a clogged
line, you can purchase a Drain
King at a local hardware store, or
from us (just click on the link) to pressurize
the line backwards from the skimmer towards
the pump and remove leaf/debris obstructions.
Replacement of filter
your motor, you may opt to install
a high efficiency pump (one that is
sized correctly for your filter). This
will reduce energy consumption and/or
increase skimmer suction to make the
pool easier to keep clean. Prices vary,
however, in the way of example, the
1 hp Hayward SuperPump will
cost $299, plus a few plumbing fittings
and one hour labor. There may also
be electrical costs to upgrade or remove
replace or rebuild your motor?
For most all
rebuilds of your motor, expect charges
of $100 to have a motor shop rebuild
a motor (which you bring to them and
pick up). Theoretically, the motor will
last another eight years, but the warranty
is only 90 days. Replacing the motor
with new would cost $187 for a 1 hp AO
Smith motor, plus one hour labor. The
warranty on the new motor is 2 - 3 years
for most manufacturers. Whether rebuilding
replacing the motor, the Mechanical
Shaft Seal should also be replaced.
may have an automatic pool cleaner (ex.
that requires a booster
pump. It looks different from your
filter pump because it doesn't have a strainer
basket. All else is the same, however
it should last longer if it's being used
only a few hours per day.
operate the booster pump without the
filter operating and providing it a constant
flow of water. If you have time
clocks, synchronize them to ensure
this doesn't happen. Otherwise, you will
probably burn up the shaft seal, and
possibly damage the bearings.
your pool has an attached spa, you may
have a forced air blower motor sticking
up above water level. This is connected
into the spa jets (return lines) to provide
turbulence and air therapy.
your blower motor is not working or is
very noisy, it may need rebuilding or
replacing. Warranties and prices are
very similar to filter motors.
calling for service on any motor, check
that switches on the motor are on,
breakers are on, spa side or indoor
remote controls are on, and the timer