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    Pump making unusual noise

    I have an intex sand filter/pump, the pump is making a weird clicking sound, any ideas what it could be? Video here:

    Pump noise - YouTube

    Its still pumping the water fine, I did a backwash and rinse earlier to see if it made any difference but no luck.

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    Re: Pump making unusual noise

    That sound is tricky when trying to hear it through my computer. I can't tell if it's mechanical/physical or an electrical ticking. I'm hoping it's something physical like perhaps a twig or something got pulled-into your pump basket and is caught in there slapping around as the motor turns. With the power off, you might be able to look or feel inside where the water flows into the pump to see if anything got wrapped around the impeller area that spins. If you don't see anything there, it may be a part of the motor assembly (bearing or something) that is showing signs of wear by making that ticking noise. If the motor is still new, call Intex, they may do something for you under warranty. If it's an old pump, it may just be signs of wear letting you know a new pump may be needed soon.
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    Re: Pump making unusual noise

    Thanks for your ideas, I will have a look tomorrow to see if anything is caught, the pump is only in its third season and my pool only operates for 3 months a year.

    This is the one I have: Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 1600 Gall/Hr - Pool Pumps, Filters Counter Current

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    Re: Pump making unusual noise

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    That sound is tricky when trying to hear it through my computer. I can't tell if it's mechanical/physical or an electrical ticking. I'm hoping it's something physical like perhaps a twig or something got pulled-into your pump basket and is caught in there slapping around as the motor turns. With the power off, you might be able to look or feel inside where the water flows into the pump to see if anything got wrapped around the impeller area that spins. If you don't see anything there, it may be a part of the motor assembly (bearing or something) that is showing signs of wear by making that ticking noise. If the motor is still new, call Intex, they may do something for you under warranty. If it's an old pump, it may just be signs of wear letting you know a new pump may be needed soon.
    Ended up taking it apart slightly more than planned, the noise seems to be coming from inside the motor.
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    When i turn the end I can hear the squeak

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    Re: Pump making unusual noise

    Looks like a bit of corrosion around there, so I suppose it's possible it's also effecting the inside as well. Probably where the motor shaft, bearings, and such spin and rub against the surfaces. Not sure how much effort is worth your time with a pump like that going on 3 (short) seasons. You could try blowing some compressed air in there in case something is lodged (piece of rust/debris). Might get lucky?
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