Industrial pumps come in all types and designs. With that said, no industrial pump, no matter how well-made it is, is designed to last forever. With continual use, almost every pump will fail or at least run into issues at some point.
The key is to educate yourself and your workers on the warning signs of an impending pump failure. That way, you will all be aware when something is wrong, and you will be able to seek pump repair or replacement early on before there is a chance for any more severe damage to take place.
Sign #1: You’re Dealing With Dirty Water
To start off with, one of the first things to be on the lookout for is dirty water running through your systems.
The whole purpose of having a pump, no matter the exact type, is to regularly filter clean, clear water into your operations. When that isn’t happening and you’re getting dirty, murky water instead, it can take a serious toll on your business operations. Furthermore, it also indicates that something isn’t quite right with your pump.
Your best bet for determining what is causing the problem is to have a professional inspect your pump for you.
Sign #2: Your Pump Won’t Start or Struggles to Start
Obviously, when your day-to-day operations rely on a working pump, it is a major problem if your pump won’t start. It is also an issue if it struggles or is slow to start.
There are a variety of reasons that this issue could pop up. It could be the result of anything from electrical problems to frayed wires to a blown fuse. It could also be the case that your pump has simply “given out.”
Instead of putting yourself or your workers at risk to try and figure out the problem, have professionals take a closer look.
Sign #3: Your Pump Is Constantly Cycling
Just about every type of industrial pump that you could ever purchase will cycle on and off; that is just how the vast majority of pumps work.
If, however, you find that your pump constantly seems to be cycling, so much so that you can never really determine what stage it is at or if it is doing its job properly, then you definitely have a problem of some sort on your hands.
The issue could be a poorly or improperly adjusted switch, a burnt-out motor, or issues communicating commands to turn on or off. As is the case with all of these problems, the best way to diagnose and properly fix the issue is with professional assistance and advice.
Sign #4: Your Pump Is Making Strange Sounds
Finally, as is the case with any type of machinery, especially one as all-important as a pump, if your pump suddenly starts making odd noises, it is definitely time to get it looked at.
You should especially be mindful of clanging or banging noises, which typically indicate either a problem with the overall mechanics of the pump or with its structure and integrity. However, any sounds that you don’t recognize or are not accustomed to should be cause for concern and action.
As you can see, your industrial pump will typically let you know when there is some kind of issue. It’s up to you, however, to notice the warning signs and to act fast if you do happen to notice one of these issues. Ignoring the problem is only going to make it worse and could lead to lasting damage.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues with your pump, contact the friendly experts at Simonds Machinery Company to get the problem taken care of as quickly as possible.