How Long Will My Pool Pump and Motor Last?


I am often asked how long will my swimming pool pump last? It is a pretty general question and there are actually several separate components that make up your pool pump. You have the wet end or pump pot area, then the motor, starter, or run capacitor and if you have a Variable Speed Pump you have what is called the Drive. Each of these has different lifespans and they can vary by brand, environment, and run time.

Nothing seems to last as long as it should and that is the same thing we run into in the pool industry nowadays. Let me list the pool equipment for you with their serviceable lifespan and replacement cost. I also like using a yearly sinking fund to help budget for overall equipment replacement costs. So set some money aside each season for a new pump and motor so that when the time comes you will have the ready money to buy a new one.

Pool Motor:
This is the piece of equipment that you will be replacing most often if you have a standard single-speed pump. If you have a Variable Speed pump the motor will last a very long time – 10 years plus. But for a standard single speed pump, you will get 3-5 years out of it at best. Then you will need to replace it. The typical cost for having a new one installed is $400-$700 depending on your region and the pump HP rating. This will be the most common piece of equipment you will be replacing.

Pool Pump:
The pool pump is the wet end where the pump basket sits as well as the motor on the back. Typically they last several years before needing replacement but figure every 10-12 years or after 3-4 motor replacements. The parts do wear and age over time and it is a good idea to just change the whole thing out over time. Again, I suggest a VS pump if your single speed pump is due for a replacement. A good Variable Speed pump will run you $1,000-$1,500 installed.

The best way to save money on your utility bills is to replace your standard single speed pump with a Variable Speed Pump or VS pump. This will significantly lower your electricity bill each month by dropping your total usage down. I will go over this in a separate article in more detail but if you can make the switch do it. Your single speed pool pump is probably your home’s number one energy consumer next to your Air Conditioner.

Another great benefit of a variable speed pump is that they are very long-lasting. It has to do with a few factors but one of the main reasons is that you are not running the pump at the full 3450 RPM all the time. Think of it like this. Your standard single-speed pump is like driving a care 70 mph on the freeway every day 365 a year. Whereas a VS pump will give you the ability to run it at different RPM or speeds. So you can set if for 1800 RPM for 8 hours and 2300 RPM for 4 hours each day. Now, this is like driving a care 35 mph and 50 mph every day. The wear and tear have been significantly reduced.

The only part to really worry about on a VS pump is the Drive. It is basically the controller that sits on top of the pump and controls the speeds and priming of the pump. Once that Drive dies the price to replace it is so high that you are better off getting a new VS pump. Fortunately, the drive lasts for a very long time and this is not something to worry too much about but something you need to be aware of.

Overall like anything else your pool pump will wear out and replacing it is something that you should be budgeting for.

Visit my Website: http://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/
eBook: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/swimming-pool-care-ebook
YouTube Video Index: http://poolmandave.blogspot.com/2014/03/swimming-pool-tips-reviews-how-to-video.html – A list of all of my videos.
Blogger: http://poolmandave.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swimmingpoollearning/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mrdgvb1
Join me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poolguycoaching
Podcast: http://www.buzzsprout.com/110832
Podcast Website: https://www.thepoolguypodcastshow.com/
Coaching Site: https://poolguycoaching.com/
Shop at Leslie’s: Leslie’s Pool Supplies has been do-it-yourselfers and pool trade professionals trusted partner since 1963, providing quality products and services to make pool care easy and solutions and expertise to do it right. http://lesliespool.com/?
utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll

Why Property Owners Opt For Pool Removal Services

There are several reasons for property owners to get rid of their swimming pool. No matter what the reason may be, it is always a wise idea to hire experts to get the job done.

Importance Of Hiring Regular Pool Cleaning Services

Property owners when given the chance, they’d most probably be installing a pool in their property. Having one will allow you and your kids to enjoy the summer as well as have your afternoon lounge in your backyard more enjoyable. However, having a private pool is as much a responsibility as it is a source of joy.

How Do Pool Maintenance Companies Serve You?

Have you been dreaming of having your own stylish and well-lit swimming pool in your backyard? No doubt, many of us desire to have our own swimming pools at home in time for relaxation, bonding sessions and socialization. When you have it built, you will enjoy the benefits it will bring to your family especially the joy it will bring to your little ones. However, the work does not stop in cleaning the water being used. It should be well maintained for long term use.

Pool Closings

If you have a pool and live in a region that has a winter then sadly that pool needs to be closed each year. Doing a good job of closing a pool will cause you less headaches come the next spring. Here are some tips to get the most out of your pool.

Closing Your Above Ground Pool

If you have winter where you live you’ll need to close that pool. It’s not as hard as you may think and if you do it well, the pool will be good to go come next summer.

You May Also Like