When you rely on a water pump for your company’s day-to-day operations, having it break down or develop priming issues can easily throw a wrench in your workflow. That’s why having some tips to avoid such problems or deal with them efficiently is important. As one of today’s leading pump repair specialists, the team from FloRight Pump & Controls has helped many troubleshoot their pump-priming problems.
Here are some ways to minimize priming issues when it comes to your pump.
What To Do When Your Pump Isn’t Priming
Your pump needs to be primed successfully for it to function properly. This is because priming it will remove the air in the pump, as well as its hose, replacing it with fluid to ensure optimal performance levels. If your pump refuses to prime, it’s best to contact a pump repair specialist ASAP.
Don’t Forget to Check Your Pump Before Operation
One of the most common mistakes operators make is assuming their pump is primed and turned on, when in reality, it isn’t. Even if you think you’ve already primed it or someone else has, always double-check to make sure it has been to avoid costly issues.
Suction Line is Too Long
Another common pump-priming issue has to do with when its suction line is too long, making the distance between your pump and its water source too much. One average, the suction line for your pump should be between 20-25 feet.
Water Flow Blockage
When the water flow to your pump is blocked, it can cause serious pump operation issues. It might not even be a total stop, just enough to impact the priming process. If you suspect this is the issue with your pump, check its screen to make sure it’s not blocked and that it isn’t too tight. If the screen looks fine, inspect the hoses to try and locate the blockage.
Another issue that happens a lot to pumps is when they have worn gaskets, causing leaks in the hose connections. Over time, normal wear and tear will force the need for gasket replacement as couplings become worn.
Inadequate Supply of Water
Your pump won’t prime if its average revolutions per minute (RPM) are too low, so ensure that its motor or engine is operating at the correct level of RPMs.
Contact us for more about pump repair solutions!
If you’re in need of pump repair services, contact the team from FloRight pumps and controls online or call (520) 585-4595.