Is It Time To Replace Your Pool Equipment?

by Greg on January 15, 2016

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Your pool equipment handles many of the important maintenance tasks your swimming pool requires, but if the equipment breaks down unexpectedly, you may have a serious problem. There are three pieces of equipment that need special attention, and though the parts have lifespan of several years, you still need to monitor them for proper operation.

Pool Filter

Your filter is your pool’s defense against debris and materials in your water. The filter works by forcing water into a canister, where it passes through a porous medium, usually sand or a cartridge. The medium filters out the unwanted particles, ensuring your pool water is clean and sparkling. Your filter does not kill algae, but it does prevent the growth of algae by keeping the water in your pool circulated.

The lifespan of the filter varies, based on the type of material used in the canister.

  • Sand—Sand in your filter is designed to last for about 3-5 years, though heavy use reduces that time significantly. There are three signs that indicate it’s time to change the sand in your filter. First, if the sand is packed into a solid mass, water can’t move through it to get filtered, so it needs to be changed. The same is true if the sand forms a dome shape with round edges around the top and sides. Finally, if you notice sand blowing back into the pool when you vacuum, the sand is oversaturated and must be replaced.
  • Cartridge—A standard cartridge is meant to be changed every year or two, and it’s one of the cheapest swimming pool supplies that you’ll have to buy. A visual inspection can tell you if it needs to be replaced earlier than its intended lifespan. If the filter is covered in debris and can’t be washed clean with a hose, replace it. Another clear sign is if the pressure in your filter canister is above 8 psi. This indicates your pump is struggling to move water through the filter, because the cartridge is saturated.

Chlorinator

In Australian homes, saltwater chlorinators are the sanitation method of choice. They use fewer harsh chemicals than traditional chlorination and reduces the time and energy it takes to maintain the right chemical levels in the pool. The chlorinator consists of two separate parts: the cell and the control panel.

The cell in your chlorinator should last about 3-5 years though this can be extended or shortened based on how well you maintain the cell. Proper cleaning is essential to peak performance, but if you over clean or clean improperly, you’ll damage the grid inside. If you notice the chlorine level in your pool drop unexpectedly, or you see blue or green discoloration in the chlorinator, it’s time to change the cell.

Pool Pump

The pump is the heart of your pool, maintaining circulation through the skimmers, drains and filters and returning the water to your pool. An inefficient pump can rapidly raise your utility bills, and make your pool unswimmable.

On an average, a pump will last 8-10 years, based on use. When your pump starts to go out, you’ll notice right away. Most of the time the pump emits a loud noise when the motor begins to fail, or you’ll see water in and around the pump casing.

Swimming pool supplies from companies, like AllStar Pool Parts, ensure your pool is fully operational whenever your family is ready to use it. Stay on top of your regular pool maintenance, and replace worn out pool equipment to prevent an unexpected pool disaster.

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