How to Replace an Indoor Water Fountain Pump

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
New pump
What You'll Need
New pump

Small indoor water fountains are a great way to create a relaxing mood within a family room, den, bathroom or bedroom. There are several different kinds of indoor water fountains on the market today that consumers can choose from depending on their likes, room decorations, or functions. While indoor water fountains are a great way to set a relaxing mood, they do require some upkeep and maintenance from time to time. One of the many tasks associated with this type of fountain is to replace the water pump after it has worn out.

Step 1 - Determine Problem with Pump

Many times the problem with an indoor water fountain can be easily fixed without having to replace the pump. Small tabletop water fountains have a problem with articles of dirt or dust getting into the tubes and clogging them. Make sure this is not the problem before buying a new pump. If the pump is worn out, make sure it is not the electrical system that is causing the pump to overheat or short. If you determine that the pump is indeed the culprit, then purchase a new replacement pump.

Step 2 - Empty Fountain of Any Water

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Most tabletop indoor water fountains are very easy to work with to drain them of water. Take it to a sink and turn the fountain upside down. For larger fountains that are heavy when loaded with water, or are installed through a wall, you will need to drain them with the use of a hose and the drain plug. Run the water into a bucket and make sure it is all removed.

Step 3 - Remove Worn Pump

Many pump casings will have to be broken down in order to get to the pump. Decorative tabletop type indoor water fountains often hide the water pump inside the housing for a more decorative look. Remove any screws that give you access to the inside of the fountain itself, or dismantle the fountain until you have access to the pump.

Once you have access to the pump, disconnect the water tubes from it. Remove any screws that might also hold it in place.

Step 4 - Clean Fountain

With the different pieces of the indoor water fountain disassembled you can easily clean them. Run them through clean water and wipe down with a sponge or rag. Rinse the pieces thoroughly before you put them together to make sure there is no soapy residue.

Step 5 - Install New Pump

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Begin to put the indoor water fountain back together again by installing the pump into the housing area. If it was secured to the base of the fountain, use the same screws to hold it in place. Feed the power cord out through the hole in the back of the compartment and make sure the water seal is intact. If not, then use a bead of waterproof caulking around the cord.

Step 6 - Reassemble Fountain

Secure the cover over the pump and assemble the fountain back to its original look. Pour water back into the basin and turn on the pump. If the pump needs to be primed, then follow the procedure in the directions for an even water flow.