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Noisy Shower Pump

  • 5 common shower pump problems explained

    Shower pumps are designed to last for many years without requiring a large amount of maintenance. However, there are areas that may need looking at to ensure that your pump continues to operate smoothly.


    At Pump Sales Direct we have an extensive knowledge of the plumbing sector, shower pumpsespecially around the operation of shower pumps. We want to ensure that you get the best from your pump, so here we look at five common problems with shower pumps and how they can be resolved.

     

    1. Blocked Pump Filters

    When there is poor water flow from your shower head, you should ensure that it has been cleaned and descaled properly. However, if this hasn’t helped, it could be that the filter within the pump has become blocked. This is often the case in areas that have hard water, or it could be due to debris getting into the filter during installation.

     

    Before you start, you need to switch off the service valves and ensure the electrical supply to the pump is disconnected. The filters need to be removed and then gently cleaned. They are usually positioned behind the pipes connected to the impellers. Once they've been replaced, you can reconnect the pump and refill it.

     

    2. Airlocks

    Another common problem with shower pumps is airlocks, which can restrict the flow. To remove the air, the pump will need bleeding. Switch off the pump’s electrical supply, and turn on the shower mixer and other taps that the pump feeds to empty the water and then switch them off again. The pump can be vented directly by taking the connection pipes out once the valves have been turned off.

     

    3. A Noisy Shower Pump

    Noisy pumps are not just inconvenient; they can also be a sign of a more worrying problem. The noise could indicate that the pump is jammed and not allowing the impellers to rotate. This could be a result of limescale building up in hard-water areas, the seals could be stuck or there could be an electrical issue.

     

    Older pumps can also become noisy due to where they are positioned or a problem with the pipes. The pump should have anti-vibration feet fitted, and the pipework needs to be properly supported.

     

    4. A Cold Pump

    Shower pumps will not perform efficiently if they get too cold, so it’s important to protect it with insulation. This will stop it bursting or becoming damaged in freezing weather.

     

    5. A Leaking Pump

    The seals on pumps can deteriorate after a period of time. If your pump begins to leak, it could be that they need replacing.

     

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  • Which shower pumps are the quietest?

    Noisy shower pumps can be an annoyance, but fortunately there are a number of things you can do to address the problem. Most shower pumps generate some sort of noise as the pump mechanism produces vibrations when it’s in operation, and this can generate an unpleasant noise.

    Shower Pumps

    Often it’s the cheaper models of pump that are responsible for the loudest noises, with cheaper components more likely to vibrate when running. Even so, you can’t expect to eliminate noise entirely with a more expensive model, as much of the noise you can hear is caused by water running through the pump. So, which shower pumps are the quietest you ask?

    Quiet Shower Pumps

    You’ll always get a certain amount of of noise from your shower pump, but some models do produce considerably less than others. This is partly due to the brand that you choose and the quality of the product. As we already pointed out, cheaper pumps are more likely to be noisy, however, there are three manufacturers that stand above the rest when it comes to quiet operation;

    The manufacturers take steps to reduce noise in several ways. They use high-quality components that cause less vibration and thus less noise when in use.

    Grundfos Amazon

    Grundfos is a global manufacturer that has done a lot of work to ensure their products produce low levels of operating noise whilst still maintaining strong performance. The Grundfos Amazon range is one the quietest of the company’s products. Grundfos pumps generally are known for their reliability and performance. The Amazon range uses a combination of low-noise motors and anti-vibration feet to deliver minimal noise output.

    Stuart Turner

    Another well-known manufacturer, Stuart Turner has also tackled the noise problem. It’s designed a range of shower pumps which have anti-vibration feet to help keep noise levels down. The Stuart Turner Monsoon Range stands out thanks to impressive performance and low noise. The company uses low-voltage pumps with brass bodies and anti-vibration feet to guarantee minimal noise output.

    Salamander

    The Salamander CT Force Range are among the quietest pumps available today. The company has a reputation for manufacturing quiet pumps, but the Salamander CT Force model in particular it has concentrated on reducing vibration levels and noise.

    Many shower pumps in the Salamander range now also say ‘Quiet’ on their specification as the company’s range is relatively quieter in operation than other pumps on the market.

    Other Options

    While reducing the level of noise a shower pump produces without swapping it for a quieter model is difficult, there are some things that you can do. For example, you could install the pump on a concrete block to reduce vibration levels. You can also buy a special mounting pad which will keep the noise level down.

  • Noisy shower pumps FAQs

    Jumping into the shower is an invigorating way to start your day; it’s also more economical than running a bath too!

    Sometimes your water pressure can let you down, and there’s nothing worse than a shower head dribbling drops of water instead of a fast flow.

    Shower Pump

    In many cases, you will need a shower pump to give your water pressure a boost. You’ll need to make sure it is fitted properly so you don’t get any problems. The last thing you want is for a noisy shower pump to annoy the rest of the household.

    We've found that usually the pumps at the lower end of the market which make the most noise, as their cheaper parts are more likely to vibrate, so investing wisely is one good option.

    If you do have problems with a noisy shower pump, there are a few things you can try for a quick fix. If your shower pump is already fitted, you could try mounting it on a concrete block to absorb some of the vibration or checking that the pipes are tight and securely fitted to the pump to reduce noise. These small amends should lessen the vibration and noise pollution from your pump when you turn on the shower next.

    If you have tried all of the above, and your noisy shower pump is still too much of a problem to solve, it is advisable to fit a new one.

    There are a number of quieter shower pumps on the market which are made of high-quality parts and are therefore less likely to vibrate and make a noise.

    Some manufacturers have researched materials and methods to create a quieter shower. Look out for Grundfos shower pumps, which have been designed to perform strongly but quietly.

    Grundfos shower pumps have built up a reputation for quality, and their Amazon pumps have motors emitting a low noise as well as special anti-vibration feet to cut the noise level from there too.

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