Shopping for pool equipment can be confusing and technical. When you’re looking for technical devices like replacement pool pump motors, you can easily feel lost in a world of technology. For guidance, take a look at the following tips on what to look for when shopping for a replacement pool pump motor.
Low Water Cut-Off Protection – There are numerous causes of low water levels in swimming pools. Changes in rain levels, temperatures and evaporation rates, water splashing out, etc., all affect your pool’s water level. Regardless of the cause, when water levels dip too low, a pool pump will continue to operate with insufficient prime, causing the pool’s pump system to overheat. This can result in the distortion and failure of seals and internal components, leading to eventual pool pump failure. Replacement pool pump motors that shut off the motor and pool pump when the pool water level drops below the skimmer are best for your pool equipment and safety. Look for a replacement pool pump motor that detects changes in operating conditions like insufficient prime and shuts off, saving the pool pump and prolonging the life of internal components.
Entrapment Protection – In some swimming pool configurations, if a person’s body is covering the drain, the person can be trapped by a strong suction, leading to drowning. This powerful suction is so strong that a person may be unable to free themselves. Suction entrapment can happen to anyone regardless of their age, health or swimming skills. Children are especially vulnerable to drain entrapment as they tend to play near or may be attracted to drain covers. You should purchase a replacement pool pump motor that is equipped with a safety vacuum release system (S.V.R.S.). When blockage occurs, an S.V.R.S. pool pump motor will shut off the motor and pool pump and release the suction. S.V.R.S. however, does not protect against these four types of entrapment: hair entanglement, mechanical entrapment, limp entrapment, and evisceration/disembowelment.