Pool Pumps in Florida: How long do they last and your other questions answered

Pool Pumps in Florida: How long do they last and your other questions answered

There’s nothing like taking a dip in the pool on a hot Florida day, but no one wants to dive headfirst into a green pool filled with algae and bacteria. Thanks to your pool pump, you don’t have to worry about your beautiful pool turning that unsightly green hue. 

Your pool pump works hard to create water flow that circulates sanitizing chemicals into your pool, keeping it crystal clear and beautiful. Did you know that your pool pump takes your pool’s water through a rapid cycle of filtration, heating and chlorination (sanitizing chemical) to keep your water clean. The pump is kind of like the heart of your pool, it circulates water throughout and keeps everything running smoothly. 

Pool pumps can last for quite awhile if they are properly maintained. If you’ve got questions about your pool pump or how to maintain it, keep reading!

How long do they last?

Most pool pumps last anywhere from 8 to 15 years if they are taken care of. Pump maintenance that you can conduct yourself includes cleaning the pump basket and filter, checking the water level and performing weekly checks. Doing these things will ensure your pump keeps running smoothly.

How much is a replacement pump?

Replacing your pool pump will cost anywhere from $700 to $1,500, averaging around $1,100. To help better determine how much a replacement might cost, factor in the type of pump you need. For example, a single-speed pump can cost as low as $500, whereas a high-end pump or a project that requires new plumbing can cost nearly $6,000.

When’s the best time to run my pump?

Your pool pump doesn’t need to run constantly, but with that being said, not running your pump enough can lead to an algae problem fast! To maintain the full functionality of your pump for a prolonged time and keep your pool clean, it’s smart to run it multiple times a day. It’s best to run your pump during the hottest time of day. Why? Well, if you wait until night time to run it then the sun has had all day to attack the chlorine that’s floating idly in your pool. It’s also a good rule of thumb to always have the pump running when people are in the pool to ensure the pool is sanitary— and staying that way!

How to tell if it’s time for a replacement:

Three tell-tell signs that it’s time for a new pool pump are:

  1. Low readings on the filter pressure gauge.
  2. Constant leaking.
  3. Constantly losing prime. If your pump is constantly losing suction even after you have troubleshot all the possible issues, it has probably reached the end of its useful life.

Pool maintenance in Florida

Pool maintenance can be tricky sometimes, but here at Signet Pools, we are here to answer any and all questions you may have about our services. Call us at (941) 378-2478 to set up an appointment today!