Your pool pump is in constant operation to push water through your pool filter, ensuring that your pool stays clean and safe for swimming. Being aware of a few of the most common signs that your pool pump is no longer working as intended can help you identify issues as they arise, so you can address them immediately and get your pool back in proper condition as soon as possible.
One of the first and most obvious signs that your pool pump could require professional attention is if you can hear a significant amount of noise while it is on. The normal chug of the motor and the associated flow of water should be very low. Any sort of grinding, bumping, or screeching can point to mechanical issues within the pump, ranging from excessive vibrations to corrosion that has worn out parts of the motor. In any case, having your pump inspected sooner rather than later is a good idea, as these noises can point to additional friction within your pool pump, which can make other mechanical issues much more likely.
Another common reason to talk to a pool repair specialist about your pool pump is if you notice that the overall quality of your pool's cleanliness has suffered -- especially if the color of the water has changed, or if there is a large amount of debris floating in the water. This can point to a mechanical issue within the pump that is affecting how much water it is able to pump, reducing the effectiveness of your filter. More often than not, this is simply caused by debris that has managed to get into the pump and is impeding the flow of water, which can be removed easily.
Falling Water Levels
Finally, the last indication that there may be an issue with your pool pump is if the water levels in your pool are steadily decreasing. While there are many different reasons for a leak to develop in your pool, including a crack in the pool itself, your pool pump is one of the more common culprits. Damaged pipes linking the pump to your pool, as well as a cracked casing or damaged seals in the pump itself, can allow water to leak out at a fast rate, causing your pool's water levels to plummet. Check with a pool maintenance company to see if your pump can be repaired or if it should be replaced entirely.