Freezing Weather Challenges Swimming Pools in Lake Nona Area – Pump Tip


If you’ve stepped outside this morning, you’ve no doubt noticed the chill in the air. For those of us in Orlando, we haven’t seen a cold snap like this in over 10 years. And now that kids are back in school, and the holidays are over, you probably haven’t given much thought as to what this cold weather can do to your swimming pool pump.

The biggest problem we see during freezes is water freezing in the pump. This causes the few cups of water that sits in your pump to turn into a solid block of ice, and when the pump starts in the morning, there’s no water to prime the pump. Eventually, the water will thaw, and the pool pump should operate as normal, but anytime your pump runs dry, you run the risk of the motor burning out – which could be a costly repair.

So how do you avoid this problem? It’s actually very simple. If you know there is going to be a freeze, run your pump through the night. The running water won’t be still long enough to freeze, so there is no risk of damaging the motor.

If you have any questions about this, ask us in the comments section below. We’ll be happy to answer.

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  • Donnasteve

    Pool lost its prime, water level low with severe winter snow/ice. Prime has been regained but pool liner appears to be pulling away from walls, reasons?????

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    How old is the liner?