When and if your pond or water feature pump quits running there are a series of necessary steps and precautions to take. The topic that was featured on this Weekly Ribbit dealt with what those steps are. If your pump were to quit running it is best to conduct a thorough check in detecting where the problem is. Before contacting a professional, it can be helpful to narrow down the possibilities. If you do not trust yourself to do so, then contacting a professional may be your best option.
The first thing to do if your pump quits running is to check the outlet. Unplug everything and make sure the GFI is reset if tripped. Ensure that you hear the click after hitting the reset button to ensure that it was properly reset. After doing so, plug everything in one by one. As you are plugging each plug back into the outlet, listen closely so that you do not hear a clicking sound. If you do hear a clicking sound after plugging the plug into the outlet, the device that plug is associated to may be the culprit.
From there, the next step may vary. Of the few options, two of them are to take the pump apart, or call a professional. If you decide to take the pump apart, there are manuals and instructions on how to do so from the manufacturer. Light research may bring the desired outcomes. We talk about how to clean an Aquascape Pump in another Weekly Ribbit which can be found here.
In this case, after taking the pump apart I found that the impeller blew out, which means the pump impeller needs replacing. In many cases thought the entire pump needs be replaced when the impeller blows apart. In other cases, debris often gets caught in the impeller. When debris gets caught in the impeller it puts a strain on the pump and can cause the pump to trip the breaker.
Do not fret if your pump quits running. The solution to your dilemma may be easier than you anticipate. Take a step back and analyze the situation, then find your solution. If you are in need of any further instructions or tips, please contact us: we are here to help!
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1/13/2022 10:44:43 am
I know very little about water pumps, so when my large fountain stopped working in the back section of my yard, I was clueless. I did notice that there was a lot of dirt in the filter. After cleaning it out, it made no difference. I checked the outlet like you suggested. Perhaps it has to do with the impeller blowing out, like what happened in your example. I don't feel confident fixing this myself, so I will get hold of a water pump repair professional as soon as I can.
10/18/2022 10:32:16 am
My pond pump hasn't been working, and I'm not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to take a look at it for me! I can see how my pond could have a lot of problems if I don't handle things right.
5/18/2023 08:29:29 pm
This is by far the most typical pump issue I've heard from clients. If your pump doesn't have access to water, it won't be able to move it. If there are any obstructions blocking water from reaching the pump, such as a large rock or piece of debris, leaves, a blocked skimmer net or aperture, a stuck skimmer flap, or just a skimmer mat that hasn't been cleaned in a while, start by checking for these issues first. All of these factors can prevent water from getting near your pump's intake. The water level in your pond may also be too low for the pump to transfer enough water through the skimmer box.
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Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, POND BUILDING and opening A Frog’s Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.