Tip #24:Extending Motor Life
You can call it the 'pool pump' or the 'pool motor' and that's fine until there's a problem and you realize you're dealing with two completely different entities, the pump and the motor.
In the almost 40 years I've been in this business, I've replaced maybe twelve to fourteen hundred motors and only half a dozen pumps. So, why the disparity? Both entities work the same amount of time and spin at the same rate.
Well, the difference is that the motor is electric, metal and fairly complicated and the pump is simple plastic. The motor drives, the pump rides.
You can triple the life of a pump and motor by protecting it from rain and sun with a simple cover. How simple? I've seen popsicle sticks supporting aluminum foil cover protect a motor for several years. A commercial fiberglass cover runs about $25 or you can build your own out of scrap for next to nothing and save yourself a pile of time and money.
To insure that a new motor will be repairable in a few years, remove the four, long thru-bolts (right) and grease them one at a time with a good water-proof lubricant. You're insuring that you'll be able to replace the front and rear bearings in a few years, a common motor killer.
There is a procedure (left) that few motormen are willing to try on an older pool motor because it's often unsuccessful, but if you torch the area where the thru-rods are threaded and keep pressure on the bolts, the rods will either loosen or break. Break only one rod and the repair will still hold; break two and you're wasting your time repairing this motor.
Sunlight and chemicals take their toll on plastic pool fittings. This main drain cover had yellowed badly in a brief two years.
In this new business environment it's vital to do everything you can to offer extra value to your customers. Anytime you work on a pool, it's easy to brighten up the job by simply soaking all the plastic fittings you can reach in a little muriatic acid.
In less than a minute, this fitting looks like new.
For a moment of your time, you can leave a lasting impression.
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