4. Your Swimming Pool Pump!
Your swimming pool water circulates as a result of your pump and motor. Which, generally recommended, should operate a minimum of 6 to 12 hours every day. If you begin to experience a water problem, cloudy water or algae present, run the filter longer, 24 hours if necessary.
Your pump has a suction side (water inlet) and a discharge side (water outlet). The pump housing holds an impeller that pushes water to the discharge side (water outlet) of the pump, where it then flows through the filter for cleaning and then it goes back to the pool through the return fitting. Pumps have a strainer basket where the water enters the pump.
The pump strainer basket is positioned under a clear lid, so you can literally see if it contains any debris. You will have to check the pump basket regularly and clean it out with a hose. The lid on the strainer holds an o-ring that must be checked and cleaned from time to time to ensure a good water tight seal. When worn, cracked or stretched the strainer lid o-ring will not seal properly which can allow air into the lines causing pump to not hold prime and air bubbles in return inlet. Inspect the o-ring for wear and replace as needed. Your pump will have (1) or (2) 1⁄4” drain plug threaded into the strainer pot and/or pump housing, the drain plug is used to drain water out of the pump for winterizing.
Priming your pump (removing air and filling with water) may need to be done manually. At times the pump will lose its prime, if the pump is higher than the water level in the swimming pool, if it has been winterized or after cleaning your pump basket. If you need to prime your pump use the following steps:
• Open air relief valve on filter until you get a continuous stream of water, then close for normal operation.
If water does not circulate, repeat steps 1 through 6 making sure pump lid is seated snugly, o-ring is clean, water in pool is at proper level and all valves in proper position. If water still does not circulate after these steps, try priming the pump with water.
Priming Swimming Pool Pump
Watch the lid on the pump and see if the water has started to come in, this should take a minute or less, if after a few minutes you do not see water and the clear lid is starting to fog up, then turn “off” your pump and repeat the steps.
Motors are designed and built for maintenance free operation. In order to keep your motor operating smoothly and extend motor life you should follow these general maintenance guidelines: