Your swimming pool pump is probably the most important element of the pool. Without it, your pool would quickly become disgusting and unhealthy to swim in. Unfortunately, pool pumps are known to fail from time to time. Does your swimming pool pump make a screeching noise? If so, it probably has a failed bearing or two.
Typically, pool pumps have two bearings – a front bearing and a back bearing. The bearings are sealed within the system and are not possible to access to lubricate, so they can eventually fail.
How do the bearings get damaged?
Well, in many cases, it is due to neglect or error. If the pump overheats during use because the water has run out, or if the pump is pushing more water than it can handle, the bearings will burn out and need to be replaced.
Does the entire pump system need to be replaced when a bearing goes bad?
Fortunately, no. You can have a service technician replace the bearings for you. You have the option of removing the pump system and taking it to your local swimming pool repair shop or calling for on-site service.
What do you hear?
With no water in the pump, turn it on. Do you still hear the screeching noise coming from the pump? If so, chances are pretty good that it is at least one of the bearings that needs to be replaced.
If what you hear is more of a grinding noise, the problem could possibly be cavitation. Cavitation is caused when the pump is run without enough water in it. Sometimes, this problem can be solved by finding and removing the obstruction that is keeping the water from entering the pump.
One last sound that you might hear is a banging noise. If your pump has an impeller, it can break loose and hit the side of the impeller housing. If this is the case, the impeller, and possibly the shaft, will need to be replaced.
Keeping your pool pump in good working order is very important. If the water is not being cycled through the system properly, the water will quickly become contaminated and will no longer be safe for your family to swim in.
Talk with a local swimming pool technician like Bellar Pools Inc to learn what could be causing your problems and what the recommended course of action to take would be. Hopefully, you will be able to get your pool running quickly and efficiently.