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Thread: Typical Life of Pool Equipment?

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    Typical Life of Pool Equipment?

    18 months ago I bought a house with an in-ground vinyl pool built in 1967. The liner was replaced in 2006 -- I imagine this is the fifth or sixth liner in this pool. The filter and pump seem to be about 10 years old. It looks like all the plumbing was replaced at the same time the new pump and filter were installed.

    How long do the steel walls of a vinyl pool typically last? I'm concerned that after 40 years the pool structure is reaching the end of its life. Also, what is the typical lifetime of a pump and filter?
    11x27 in ground, vinyl pool
    ~12,500 gal
    PAC FAB (Pentair) Pinnacle 3/4 hp pump
    Pentair 24 sq ft DE filter
    One skimmer, one return (no main drain)

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    Re: Typical Life of Pool Equipment?

    As with all things, it depends on how well they are maintained and what the conditions are that they are operated under. In 2006, whoever did the new liner should have been able to see how well the walls were holding up. The pump and filter should be good for well over 20 years when properly taken care of - it's always a gamble with pools/ pool equipment - all it takes is a little neglect for a while to do some serious damage to it! Because of my job as a service tech, I see a lot of equipment that has failed well before it's time but I also see some that have worked for 20+ years without a problem

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    Re: Typical Life of Pool Equipment?

    What kind of maintanance is to be done with a pump? We just take it inside for the winter, and hook it back up when it gets warm enough. Am I missing out on some stuff that needs to be done?
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    Re: Typical Life of Pool Equipment?

    Heikejohn, the maintenance is more chemical than doing anything to the pump. (Bringing it in for the winter is IMO a very good thing!) If you let the water 'get away' from you, it can hurt the entire system and pool! I see dozens of pools each year that get damaged by the sole dependence on tri-chlor and ~ no testing Lubing the gaskets and o-rings (the ones that don't require taking breaking the pump housing apart) is a good idea, but that should only need to be done once a year.

    If you haven't had a problem with what you're doing, all should be fine
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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