How Long Does A Pool Pump Last?

How Long Does A Pool Pump Last? How Long Should It Last?

Pool pumps are a vital piece of pool equipment. Without them, you would have stagnant, unsanitary, and unappealing pool water.

Like many pieces of pool equipment, pool pumps don’t last forever. After they reach the end of their life, they will need to be replaced. So, how long should you expect your pool’s pump to last?

In this article, we’ll answer common questions about how long pool pumps last, factors that affect their lifespan, and signs that your pool’s pump may need to be replaced.

How Long Do Pool Pumps Last?

Pool pumps tend to last for an average of 8 to 10 years. This is for pumps that are designed for use with permanent pools. If you have a seasonal pool that must be disassembled annually, your pump likely has a shorter expected life.

What Factors Affect The Lifespan Of A Pool Pump?

Pool pumps should be run regularly to be well-maintained. Only run your pool’s pump as much as necessary to keep your water clean; this period is typically a minimum of 8 hours per day in the summer months.

You can also avoid placing excess pressure on your pool’s pump by cleaning out your filter and skimmer baskets regularly. When debris is lodged in your pool’s plumbing system, your pump has to work harder to pump the water around your pool, which can cause parts to wear out faster.

Poor water chemistry can also speed up the deterioration of your pump. This is especially true for water conditions that have corrosive properties, such as high salinity, high chlorine levels, and low pH levels.

High mineral content in your pool water can also cause issues with your pool’s pump, especially in the event that calcium scale builds up on the moving components of the machine. This leads to impellers becoming jammed, evoking costly repairs.

What Are Signs My Pool Pump Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced?

Your pool pump may need to be repaired or replaced if it is producing inadequate water flow, is making loud or unusual noises while operating, or is showing signs of leaks. Pool pumps may also need to be repaired if they are experiencing issues with the motor.

Motor issues can cause your pool’s pump to start and stop frequently and without warning. These issues can also cause your machine to overheat.

If your pool pump is experiencing issues, contact a competent service technician to diagnose the problems that are occurring. Their expertise can save you hassle and money in the long run by pinpointing the correct issue the first time.


Pool pumps are one of the most vital pieces of pool equipment. Luckily, when they are properly cared for, they can last up to a decade.

Do you have any questions about how long you should expect it to last? Get in contact with us! We’d love to help provide any other information you may need.

Louis from Pool Advisor


A chemical engineer by trade, Louis is committed to debunking myths in the pool industry by explaining the underlying chemistry and making it accessible to all.