The Importance of Preventative Pump Servicing

What does a pool pump, pressure pump, submersible water pump, spa pump, petrol pump, submersible pump and firefighting pump all have in common? Apart from being pumps, they all require regular servicing to ensure they continue operating at their best. Preventative pump servicing is an important measure that can prevent poor performance and troubleshoot potential problems before they occur.

Think Water, a knowledgeable and trusted repairer of various types of water pumps in New Zealand, recommends regular servicing to keep your pump in excellent condition. In this article, we’ll cover how often you should get pump servicing done, whether you can do your own pump servicing, what happens during a pump service, whether pump servicing should be done onsite, and the most common problems detected during pump servicing.

How often should you get pump servicing done?

The frequency of pump servicing will depend on several factors, including the type of pump, its usage, and the manufacturer’s guidelines. Most pump manufacturers recommend servicing every 12 months, although some may require servicing every six months.

Additionally, many manufacturers require servicing to be performed by a licensed technician to maintain warranty conditions.

Regular servicing can mitigate downtime and ensure the pump operates efficiently. To prevent any unexpected breakdowns, it’s best to have your pump serviced at the beginning of the season. For instance, if you have a pool pump, it’s best to have it serviced before summer starts. This way, you can ensure it’s in good working order before it’s needed.

Can I do my own pump servicing?

While simple inspections can be done at home, it’s not recommended you do your own pump servicing. A licensed technician has the knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to perform a thorough inspection and repair any issues.

Additionally, tampering with your pump could void the manufacturer’s warranty.

However, you can look for signs of leaks, listen for unusual sounds, and smell for any unusual odours such as burning. These inspections will help you identify any potential issues that may require the attention of a licensed technician.

What will happen during a pump service?

During a pump service, a licensed technician will perform both a visual and mechanical inspection of the pump. The visual inspection will check for any signs of damage or wear, while the mechanical inspection will check the pump’s performance and any other parts that may require replacement.

Inspecting mounting points, seals, pump flanges, couplings, and filters is essential to prevent leaks and maintain the pump’s efficiency. 

The electrical/motor inspection will include checking for tight terminations, dust and dirt build-up, correct operation of the starter, and well-insulated components. Your service technician will also check your pump’s water pressure, flow and output to ensure optimum performance. Finally, lubrication, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, replacement of damaged seals, water hoses, and o-rings may also be performed.

Should pump servicing be done onsite?

In most cases, pump servicing can be done on-site, which is convenient for customers. However, in some instances, removing the pump and taking it to a workshop for repairs may be necessary. For example, if there is extensive damage to the pump or the pump requires significant repairs, it may be easier to perform the repairs in a workshop with access to specialised equipment.

Think Water has a network of mobile service technicians who can come to your site and perform on-site service. We have the equipment and expertise to diagnose and repair most types of pumps.

What are the most common problems detected during pump servicing?

A knowledgeable and trusted repairer like Think Water can detect several common problems during pump servicing. Some of the most common issues include leaks, damaged seals, worn impellers, and motor faults.

Leaks are a common problem due to damaged seals or faulty installation. A pump with a leak can lead to water wastage and damage to the surrounding area. A licensed technician can quickly identify the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs.

Damaged seals are another common problem that can lead to leaks. Over time, seals can become worn or damaged, leading to a drop in the pump’s efficiency. A licensed technician can replace the seals and ensure the pump operates at its best.

Worn impellers can cause a drop in pump efficiency, leading to higher electricity bills. During pump servicing, a licensed technician can check the impeller for wear and tear and replace it if necessary.

Motor faults may also be detected during pump servicing. These faults can be caused by dust and dirt buildup or loose connections. A licensed technician can clean the motor and check for any loose connections to ensure the pump runs smoothly.

In summary, regular pump servicing is crucial in identifying and resolving common problems with different types of water pumps. Think Water, a knowledgeable and trusted repairer of various types of water pumps in Australia, has the expertise and equipment necessary to diagnose and repair most pump issues. By addressing any problems early on, pump owners can save money on energy bills, prevent water wastage, and extend the life of their pumps.

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