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  • Writer's pictureSean Flanagan

What Does a Pool Pump Really Do?

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

I want to Pump, YOU, up!

Keeping a pool cleaned and well maintained can be a real challenge for the average person/household. The pool pump is essentially the heart of your entire pool. Just like the human heart keeps your blood flowing, your pool pump keeps the water flowing so that it doesn’t stay stagnant and grow bacteria as easily. When running, the pump moves water through your pool’s circulatory system.


Your pool’s circulatory system includes the pump, a filter, and any other additional accessories that you may have such as a heat pump. Pool pumps themselves are made up of multiple parts such as motors, impellers, gaskets, seals, and baskets. The motor is the most complex part of your pool pump, and the impeller is the most important. In the hot and humid state of Florida, the most common reason for a pool pump not to be running properly is a loose or worn-down seal. If your pump has a loose seal, it could allow air to sneak into your pump which could cause enough damage to completely destroy your pump - meaning you would have to purchase a whole new pump.

These days, there are a multitude of different types of pool pumps. However, the 3 most common are single-speed, two-speed, and variable speed. Single-speed is like how it sounds, it only has one constant speed. Two-Speed has a high and a low speed and can save you up to 70% on your pool’s energy bill. Variable Speed pool pumps are the future of pool pumps and can save you up to 90% on your pool’s energy bill when switching from a single speed pump to a VSP (Variable Speed Pump). For more information about variable speed pumps and why they are the best for your pool (and wallet) check out our last blog about them here.

If your pool pump isn’t operating properly, it could mean trouble for the health of your pool. If your pump is damaged or isn’t running regularly you need to get it fixed as soon as possible and back running on a regularly timed schedule to ensure clear and clean water that is safe for swimming.

Pool pump technology has come a long way in the past few years. The old obnoxious buzzing monstrosities that you grew up with have become a thing of the past thanks to incredible industry pool equipment manufacturers. Here at Sea Breeze Pools, we are proud to be certified dealers and technicians for industry leaders such as Hayward, Jandy, and Pentair. Specifically, for Hayward

If you are interested in repairing your current pool’s pump or possibly upgrading to a new pump to ensure your pool stays clean year-round (and maybe save $$$ on your electric bill) we are more than happy to help educate you and execute possible options based on your specific pool.

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