Pool owners, especially new home owners who have just bought a house with a pool, often ask me, “How long should my pool equipment last?”
As with many other products, back in the 80’s and 90’s, pool and spa equipment seemed to be made a lot more durable and therefor lasted maybe 20-30 years or more.
Now a days, most everything is made using plastics of some sort, therefor cutting the durability life pretty much in half, in my opinion. For example, the older pumps used to be made of brass, so if your pump ran dry, you might blow a shaft seal which was just a minor repair and all done. Now, if you run your pump dry, you are not only dealing with blown shaft seals, but also most likely melted impellers, diffusers and who knows what else.
On the other side, there have been improvements in technology; heaters are much more efficient. For example, back in the 80’s and 90’s, the firewalls were a lot more absorbent, the units retained a lot of the heat, whereas now they have more of a reflective firewall so more of the heat gets disbursed through the heat exchanger.
So, how long should my pool equipment last? It really depends on how well you take care of your equipment or have it serviced.
Clean your filters whenever your pressure rises 10 psi from clean pressure, or even 4-6 months on average.
Check your pump and skimmer baskets weekly, maintain a good chemical balance, and your pool equipment should last a good 10-15 years.
If you are unsure of the age or just want your pool and spa equipment checked, please give us a call as we are always happy to help! We value clients that we can build relationships with and if we can give you advice to save your pool equipment now, we hope to serve you in the future when you do need it repaired.
We service your pool equipment to repair or replace it when it isn’t working for you.