Whether utilized for HVAC, water treatment, or manufacturing processes, pumps are the essential gears that keep your business running smoothly. Implementing and adhering to a routine maintenance program is necessary to keep pumps functioning correctly.
Although water pumps deteriorate with time, a few careless actions are primarily to blame for accelerating this process. Today’s post emphasizes the factors that will increase your pump’s useful life.
Observation and mechanical testing
Observation is crucial. Please get familiar with your system and watch your pump while it is still operating. Keep an eye out for leaks, odd noises or vibrations, and strange odors.
When it comes to mechanical testing, the following practices are necessary:
- Ensure that the mounting points are stable.
- Examination of the mechanical seal and packing
- Check for leaks at the pump’s flanges.
- Examine the couplings
- Clean and inspect filters.
Accurately managing the coolant.
Water pumps are frequently referred to as coolant pumps, demonstrating how crucial this liquid is to their operation. Although coolant deteriorates with time, users occasionally try to save money and effort by adding water to it.
Corrosion inside the water pump is significantly more likely when using polluted or incompatible coolant. Since different manufacturers use different materials for water pump gaskets, ensuring that the coolant previously introduced is the proper kind and emptying/refilling it according to a schedule will ensure a long-life water pump.
A routine maintenance schedule
Preventive maintenance, as opposed to corrective maintenance, enables the correction of existing flaws before they impair pump performance. You should be aware of any sign of pump inefficiency, from high-pitched or screaming noises emanating from the engine’s front to cavitation and bearing noises, vibrations, decreased water flow, seal chamber leaks, or blockage.
A qualified expert with the knowledge, skills, and equipment is required to thoroughly examine the pump components, conduct engine inspections, and replace or repair parts that are not operating as intended.
PumpBiz advises constantly referring to the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s service information and recommendations on how frequently to perform this maintenance and its specific requirements.
Replace the water pump and distribution systems.
You must consider all of the components, including the water pump, when maintaining the distribution of your pump, not just the main components like the chain or the belt.
Two of the most likely tasks in a mechanical workshop are changing the water pump or the timing belt. Performing this repair in a single step since it promotes the best possible connection between the parts, preventing premature aging and potential damage to the pump bearing.
It’s critical to complete this task safely and correctly since failing may result in the pump shaft progressively giving way, a fluid leak, and possibly even chafing on the propeller blades. This will happen if the belt is not replaced as it touches or becomes too tight.
Leaks, poor sealant application, cavitation damage, corrosion, and damage from improper coolant application are some of the most frequent causes of water pump damage. Although these failures may appear unexpected and unforeseen, the reality is that, in most situations, the lack of preventive maintenance hastens water pump failure.