What To Do If Your Pool Motor Just Hums When You Turn It On

clock May 9, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

As you read this article, please bear in mind that this just a generic guide and not meant to be a complete set of instructions. You are dealing with an electric motor. Electricity is extremely dangerous. If you are uncertain about any of this, do not attempt to repair this on your own; contact a suitable service technician.

At some point over the life of your pool pump you may turn it on one day and all that happens is you hear is a humming sound. If this happens, quickly turn off the pump. There are several possible causes. The most common time for this to occur is after the pump has been sitting idle for a long period of time (such as over the winter). Scale or other corrosion can build up in certain parts of the motor and make it difficult to start. With the power turned off, examine the back of your pool pump’s motor. You will need to remove the cover and manually spin the motor shaft. If the shaft spins freely, replace the cover and try the motor again. If not, you will need to disassemble the pump to determine if anything is clogging or jamming the impeller.

If nothing is jamming the impeller and the shaft still will not turn, you will probably need to replace the motor. If the shaft spins freely by hand, but still only hums when you turn on the power, you will need to use a multi-meter to verify the pump is receiving the correct amount of electricity. (Remember, if you are not properly trained on how to safely perform any of these procedures, hire a service technician or an electrician.) If the shaft spins freely by hand, you have the proper amount of electricity, and the unit still only hums, you will probably need to replace the motor.

In many cases, simply spinning the shaft manually to break it free then turning the power back on will correct the problem.



Inground vs. Above Ground

clock March 2, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to install a swimming pool, the next big question is, Above Ground Pool or Inground Pool. This decision should be based on how long are you going to live in your current home, do you have drain field or septic tank that might interfere with construction, do you want a pool with an 8’ deep end for diving and finally the economic decision.

The Above Ground Pool can be round, rectangle or oval. Sizes may range from 15’ x 48” round up to 15’x 30’x 52” ovals or 16’ x 32’ rectangles. You need to lay out sizes in your yard to get a better idea of what will fit and what it will look like in your yard. When this pool is installed above ground, look at the options you have for entry way into the pool. Some of these are ladders and steps. Decide if you want a deck around part or all of your above ground pool.

The inground pool can be manufactured in virtually any size or shape to meet your budget. If you want a pool with an 8’ deep end, the size must be at least 16’ wide and 32’ long. This size pool will offer diving but very little room for games. Please take a look at some of our other blog posts on inground pools for a more thorough discussion of pool depths and shapes.

If you are looking for a traditional inground pool but your budget is more in line with an above ground pool, ask your local Medallion swimming pool dealer about the St. Croix Freedom Series. This pool is an above ground pool that can also be installed inground.



Floating Chlorine Dispensers

clock February 14, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you using chlorine tablets (1” or 3”) or chlorine sticks in your pool? If you are what are you using to get this chlorine into your pool? You may be using a Floating Chlorine Dispenser or Chlorine Floater.

The Floater, as the word states, floats around your pool and tablets slowly dissolve. You do not have water passing thru it very fast to dissolve the tablets or sticks rapidly. This system may work perfectly well for many small pools, spas, or swim spas. However, once you start getting to mid to large size pools (and occasionally some smaller pools with heavy bather loads), your pool water could become cloudy, algae could grow and the liner could become very slick due to the chlorine being released too slowly. The warmer it gets, the more chlorine demand your pool needs and that demand will be hard to satisfy with a Floater.

If you are having problems maintaining your Chlorine residual with a floater and you want to continue using tablets then take a look at an automatic chlorinator. This unit can be plumbed into your return line which has water flowing through it going back into your pool. You can use either 1” or 3” tablets or chlorine sticks in the Chlorinator. The Chlorinator has a control value on it that can be adjusted. You can regulate the amount of chlorine getting into the pool.



Chlorine vs. Salt

clock February 2, 2017 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase a swimming pool, which sanitizer will you use? In addition to Chlorine or Salt, you have other choices but we will discuss those two here. Please remember that when using salt there is still Chlorine in your water, you are just generating it in a different manner. If you are allergic to Chlorine you cannot use a salt system.

If you decide to use Chlorine, you could use granular chlorine or chlorine tablets. Granular chlorine should go in the pool each day. Chlorine tablets are available in 3” and 1” sizes and you should put them into an automatic chlorinator. Chlorine tablets will tend to lower the pH level of your pool water and granular will tend to raise it.

With a salt system, you would use eight 40 lb. bags of salt per 10,000 gallons of pool water as an initial startup dosage when you first install it. You would add the salt directly into the pool and brushing off any that lays on the pool floor. If you do install a Chlorine Generator (salt system) you should also install a Zinc Anode. This will help prevent and/or lessen the impact of any galvanic reactions.

For those of you that have a spa, either of these sanitizers could also be used. They both are effective and your local Medallion pool dealer can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.



Shopping For Your First Pool

clock December 15, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, will that pool be the Above Ground Pool or the Inground Pool? If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be an Inground Pool. If you want a pool to play games in like volleyball, the pool could be either Above Ground or Inground.

Your first step should be to visit your local swimming pool dealer’s showroom to see the pool options available for you. You will find that a pool will be available to fit your budget and yard conditions. Some dealer’s will be able to offer you a pool that can be installed above ground or inground. If you have a slope to your yard, this type of pool can even be installed part way inground.

So many options are now available. Do not ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to meet their potential customers’ budgets. Go see, feel, touch all the pool choices you have available. If your preference is the Above Ground Pool, you will find many quality pools to fit your needs.

If your choice is the inground pool, these type of pools can be designed any shape or size to fit your budget. The most affordable inground pool will be the Vinyl Liner Pool. Dollar for dollar, you can get a much larger pool and/or more features in a vinyl pool than you can in fiberglass or concrete with the same budget. Call your local pool dealer. He will be glad to meet with you to learn more about your needs and make some recommendations. Take that first step and make that call or go see a swimming pool showroom.