Noisy pool motors: which solutions are available?

Noisy pool motors: which solutions are available?

If you are disturbed by the noise made by your pool, you must first find the source of the noise before looking for the solutions.

Which solutions will give you a silent pool?

Picture yourself lazing in the sun listening to a concert of birdsong... without the incessant thrum of the plant room! It's true that the sound emissions of an operating pool play a significant role in long term comfort both day and night. First and foremost let's remember that great progress has been made in this area, for both pumps and heat pump. If you are disturbed by the noise made by your pool, you must first find the source of the noise before looking for the solutions.

Different noise issues arising from your pool

If the pool is in the house (indoor pool) or very close to it, it is highly likely that the plant room is too. But even with an outdoor pool, noise levels may be too high. The first question: what type of noise are we talking about? A pool may generate noise from hydraulic (circulation in pipes), mechanical, electrical (motor), air handling (ventilation and cooling), or any other equipment. Step one is to identify the source.

  • A high-pitched whistling indicates an issue with water in the bearings, which is quite simple to stop.
  • A low frequency thrum is often related to a motor or ventilation issue. If vibration occur, the first thing to do is isolate your pump by purchasing an anti-vibrant mat. Highly effective and reasonably priced! If the mat is not sufficient, you can also install sleeves at the pump input and output to stop vibrations being transferred to the pipes.
  • If the hydraulic network is the root of the problem, unfortunately this is often due to poor design of the piping. The only way to remedy this issue is to replace your pump with a variable-speed pump. By then pairing this with a cartridge filter, head losses in the system will be lower than if a sand filter is used.

The variable speed pump, a radical solution to reduce noise emissions from your pool

With Hayward's TriStar® VSTD variable speed pump or MaxFlo XL™ VSTD variable speed pump, you make substantial energy savings, but your acoustic comfort will also increase significantly. Indeed, variable speed pumps run continuously at a slower speed: water therefore circulates more slowly through the pipes. Paired with a cartridge filter, it provides highly effective filtration. Top tip: avoid installing your variable speed pump on a concrete block as this will resonate..

variable speed pump for swimming pool

TriStar® Variable Speed Pump

A silent heat pump for pools

If you want to minimise the noise your pool makes when operating, opt for a "Full Inverter" heat pump. Hayward's EnergyLine® Pro Fi model offers slower operation for a super-silent "night" mode. Since the heat pump constantly adapts to outdoor conditions, there are no fits and starts and noise emissions are therefore reduced.

Silent heat pump Hayward for swimming pool

EnergyLine® Pro Fi Heat Pump

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