Three Troubleshooting Tips For Pools

Owning a pool is a real luxury for many people. It is also a great deal of work. You need to properly clean the water regularly. You also need to provide maintenance on the pump and other parts of the pool. Failure to do so may result in parts of the pool malfunctioning. If that happens, you will need to troubleshoot the issue on your own or hire a contractor that specializes in pools. This guide goes over some common pool problems and what might be causing them.

Noisy Pool Pump

One of the main issues that you might face with the pool is a noisy pool pump. Pumps will make some noise as they work, but when that noise becomes louder or strange, it needs to be checked.

Vibration can cause loud noise as the pump works. Install a piece of carpet or rubber under the pump in order to make it quieter.

Check the suction levels of the pump. It should never be higher than the pump itself.

The bearings on the pump will experience wear and tear over the years. Once they start to weaken, it can create a loud noise as the pump runs.

Once all this is done, the pump should run more quietly. If the normal noise of the pump still bothers you, consider installing it in a place farther away from the house.

Filter Won't Stop Running

If the filter on the pool won't stop running, there might be a problem with it. There are multiple things that can be causing this. Check the following areas to pinpoint the issue.

Run a special filter cleaner through the system. This may clear out the issue and have the filter running properly again. Also, check the return valves and make sure that they are not closed completely or partially as this will mess with the filter.

The filter may have a clogged sand bed that needs to be cleaned out. Try removing part of the sand in the sand bed and replacing it with new sand. Sometimes this dislodges large minerals in the bed.

Heater Won't Reach Correct Temperature

Some pools are heated by a special heater to keep the pool water at a comfortable temperature. When the temperature is lower than what the heater is set at, it points to a problem with the heater itself.

Check the thermostat and make sure it isn't set at a lower temperature than what you want. Sometimes it gets adjusted by someone else and you don't notice. If it was, set it back to the desired temperature. If that doesn't work, you probably have malfunctioning thermostat and need to replace it.

You may need to check the gas supply since it is what is used to heat the pool. If it is low or out, replace it with a new tank.


If you cannot fix the issues yourself, you should hire a local pool contractor and pool maintenance service. They can fix the issues or replace malfunctioning parts.