Most of us take for granted when devices and mechanisms are in good working condition. We argue that since they are working well, it will be a waste of valuable resources to have them checked regularly.
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. It’s practically the same thing when it comes to pumps and their mechanisms. You can ask all the industrial water pump suppliers you know and they will tell you pretty much the same thing. Preventive maintenance is a lot cheaper than calling in for repairs.
We have listed below some easy steps to ensure your pump will keep working well and last a long time.
7 Easy Steps to Keep Your Pump in Great Condition
There are two categories for maintenance: corrective and preventive. Corrective maintenance deals with repairs to cope with pump failures that already took place. You don’t want that, as it is more costly and will greatly affect the pump’s operation. Preventive maintenance is important as it significantly reduces the occurrence of corrective maintenance.
Step 1: Schedule regular maintenance checks.
Do not just schedule a check-up randomly. It has to be intentional and purposeful. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see how frequently maintenance needs to take place. Consider your operating schedules because some maintenance checks require pumps and lines to be disabled before the maintenance process. Use common sense in determining the schedule.
Step 2: Keep an eye on your pump.
Know your system and how it runs. Listen to sounds and vibrations. Take note of leaks, clogging’s, or unpleasant odor coming from the lines. You should know your system well enough to know when something is out of place.
Step 3: Exercise caution at all times.
Safety first. Turn off all machines before proceeding with the maintenance check. Ensure that both the electrical and hydraulic systems are properly isolated. You don’t want to cause any accidents during the process that could injure or kill someone.
Step 4: Perform a mechanical inspection regularly.
Make sure to always inspect your pump and system’s mechanisms regularly. Some things to watch out for are mounting points (that they are secure), mechanical seal and packing, pump flanges (check for leaks), couplings, and filters (make sure they are clean).
Step 5: Lubrication is key.
Refer to the manufacturer’s guide to properly identify which parts you should lubricate. Make sure you do not over lubricate the mechanisms as more damage is done by over lubricating compared to under greasing.
Step 6: Check all electrical and motor parts.
Inspect terminations for tightness. Check motor vents and windings for dirt build-up. Clean the parts according to the manual. Check also the starter’s condition and see if there are instances of overheating or arcing and any other irregularities. To check for insulation failures on windings, be sure to use a megohmmeter.
Step 7: Replace damaged parts immediately especially seals and hoses.
Once you notice any damaged parts like O-rings, hoses, and seals, replace them immediately. It is always good to have spare parts on hand so make sure you stock up on those little parts.
If you take good care of your pumps, they will take good care of you. If you haven’t had the chance to have it inspected for wear-and-tear recently, be sure to schedule a check-up soon.