How a Pump Works
A pool pump consists of three primary components:
- The Motor
- The Impeller
- The Hair and Lint Trap
The motor is electric and uses either 115 or 230 volts and, at full speed, rotates a mechanical shaft at 3450 RPM (revolutions per minute). The impeller, in turn, rotates at the same speed and provides the pressure needed to circulate the water. The hair and lint trap (also referred to as the strainer basket), captures large debris such as leaves that could otherwise clog the pump and reduce or prevent its performance.