Chlorine at high levels within pools slowly but steadily wears away at pool equipment and accessories. Chlorine can corrode the equipment within a pool, dissolving rubber, slowly breaking down plastic in pool cleaners, and affecting pumps and filters. In some cases, it can even react explosively with oil and grease from air compressors, valves, and pumps.
This is often why Weber Pools discusses pool equipment replacement with our clients for residential pool services in Dallas. With time, all pool equipment is steadily affected by wear and use, shortening its lifespan. When pool equipment doesn’t perform properly, it leads to worse pool issues later on, such as filters failing, weakening suction, slow pumps, and more.
It’s crucial to replace or repair your pool equipment when they show signs of corrosion or reach the end of its lifespan. Consider some of the most common pool equipment and when they need to get replaced.
New pools come with pumps and a motor coupled in the factory. Often, they are installed and sold as one unit. However, pumps typically outlast the motors by about two to three times the latter’s lifespan. Most pool pumps can work well for 10-12 years, as they are made of hard plastic. But with time, this plastic starts to warp. You should replace older pumps made of cast iron or bronze as soon as possible.
Once the pool pump starts making rumbling, grinding, or screeching sounds, or if it starts spitting water and bubbles, it’s time for a replacement. The sounds could come from the pump needing new bearings while the bubbles may reveal an air leak.
The previous point expresses how pumps outlive motors. The motors are attached at the rear of the pump and have a shaft which goes through the pump and to the impeller. Water in the pump is kept out of the motor through a watertight seal. The motor functions by spinning the shaft and rotating the impeller, which pulls the water through and creates pressure and suction.
The pool motor constantly works, creating a lot of friction when they spin. Copper winding motors, which are generally regarded as older technology, can last about 3-5 years before they need to be replaced. However, variable speed magnetic drive motors can turn the shaft without as much friction. They last longer at 6-10 years.
When the water becomes murky, or the motor starts to heat up or make strange sounds such as grinding and screeching, it’s due for a repair.
Pool filter lifespans depend on the type of filter that they are. Filter cartridges last approximately 2-4 years. Sand filter media last 3-7 years and glass filter media can last about 7-15 years. A swimming pool pump can typically run through 60-70,000 gallons every eight hours, depending on the size and capacity of the pool.
As a result, the pool filter degrades and stop being as effective. If your pool has more dirt and substances to filter and clean, it depreciates your filter’s lifespan. If the filter quality has decreased or underperformance happens too quickly after running your pump, it’s time to replace it.
Have Your Equipment Expected
Pool maintenance professionals can help inspect your existing pool equipment and determine if it needs repair or replacement. Furthermore, they can assist in replacing and installing the equipment as required.
Weber Pools has maintained pools throughout Dallas, from cleaning to equipment repair and retrofits. Our specialists can ensure that your pool equipment is running at their best performance. Contact us today for an inspection or read about our service options here.