An industrial pump keeps fluids moving in many industries. Pump issues can affect the production process significantly. If you’re not already aware, learn a few ways to know if your industrial pump is going out.
Pump Won’t Start
If this happens, a faulty electrical issue could be to blame. First, check for any disconnected or loose wiring. If you have a blown circuit breaker or fuse, this issue is easy to fix, but a failed motor will need replacing.
However, if the issue isn’t electrical, it may indicate a blockage. A professional will need to strip the pump and remove anything lodged into the propeller that’s preventing rotation.
Find a Leak
Finding a leak isn’t good. Mechanical joints and seals can become loose from excessive or abnormal temperatures or even corrosion. The repair could simply involve tightening up the loose fasteners around the joint. In some cases, you may need to replace the whole gasket. The mechanical seal will also need replacing if the pump is dripping at the shaft.
Fluid Flow Is Reduced
There are a few issues that can affect the flow of your industrial pump:
- Reversed impeller rotation—You’ll find your motor spinning in the opposite direction if your contractor didn’t wire it correctly. This issue is serious and could potentially damage the pump elements.
- Worn wear ring, wear plate, or impeller—The hydraulic power of the pump decreases if any of the internal elements are worn.
- Clogged suction—You should remove debris or discharge blocking the pump inlet. Strip the pump to clear away the debris from the impeller.
Rattling or Rumbling Noises
Another way to know if your industrial pump is going out is to watch for rumbling or rattling noises. More often than not, vibration follows these loud noises, and they’re a sign of cavitation. Cavitation sends powerful tremors inside the pump and could cause substantial harm to the pump house and impeller. If you hear noises of any kind, you must address the issue immediately to avoid significant damage. Unnecessary vibration will lead to early failure of the bearings and mechanical seal.
It’s essential to assess your industrial pump and keep up with general maintenance. You don’t want the pump to fail prematurely.