Encountering Electrical Issues with Pool Equipment

For a pool of any size to function properly, it requires a number of components working together to keep water clean and at the proper temperature. If you encounter a problem with your pool equipment such as the filter, heater or pump, you may be surprised to learn the problem has to do with the electrical connections. There are plenty of examples of pool components that require safe, working electrical connections to function. Since water is a conductor of electrical currents, and there is likely plenty of water in the area around your pool equipment, it is best to leave pool electrical repairs to the experienced professionals. There are some precautions you may want to take when you encounter electrical issues with your pool equipment that will help keep you safe from a harmful electric shock that can occur. Check out the following tips listed below to learn more.

Unresponsive Automation Electronics
Automated machines can monitor and control the amount of chemicals added at any given time to maintain the cleanliness your pool water. If this system starts to become unreliable or unresponsive, it may have something to do with the electrical connections in the mechanism itself. These systems should only be repaired by trained technicians who are familiar with them. If there is an issue with the electrical connection to your pool clock timer or filter control, simply cut the power at the breaker box until repairs can be made.

Power Interruption to Pool Pump
Any interruption of electrical power to the pump can cause it to operate slowly, or not at all. These can be internal connection issues, or the problem can reach all the way to the breaker box where an incorrect voltage may be inadequately powering the pump. In many cases, new pumps often require less power than an older counterpart, and the discrepancy between the two can lead to pump malfunctions. Before someone can assess the issue, it is best to turn off the power to the pump at the mechanism itself, as well as you breaker switch.

Switching Pool Lightbulbs
Older style halogen or incandescent pool light bulbs typically last around 5 years, and usually just need a replacement bulb if they happen to go out. Unfortunately, sometimes chemicals in pool water can eat away at the electrical cord behind the light fixture, making the pool electrical repairs more extensive. Other issues with lights can have something to do with a shorted out wire or even a broken switch, both of which should be replaced by an experienced professional. In most cases, the best fix is a complete replacement of the entire light fixture. You can also save yourself a lot of future trouble by switching to an LED pool light fixture. These bulbs are super long-lasting, and they use a fraction of the power required to light a traditional bulb.

Contact Pool Problems? the next time you encounter a potential issue with your pool equipment's electrical systems. For more information, or to arrange for a free estimate on your pool electrical repairs, contact Doug at Pool Problems? today!

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