Troubleshooting A Malfunctioning Pump

Troubleshooting A Malfunctioning Pump

Many high-quality pumps, such as Ponstar pumps, are designed to withstand wear and tear thus last for a long time. However, your pump is likely to diminish in performance with time. This is usually because of the operational conditions and external factors such as worn seals, clogged filters and nozzles, and pinched hoses. It may get frustrating, mostly if you use the pump for different purposes around your home or property.

When you realize that your pump is failing, you will choose to disassemble it, take it for servicing or purchase a new one. However, before you take drastic measures your pump could only have minor issues that you can fix. Here are useful troubleshooting tips for you if your pump is malfunctioning.

1.The motor refuses to start

If you are experiencing this issue, start by checking for a tripped circuit breaker or any blown fuses. If you are experiencing an intermittent problem, it could be due to corroded or dirty fuse receptacles. The next part to look at the pressure switch, precisely the voltage at the contact points. Corrosion or debris at these points is likely to result in irregular voltage. This isn’t suitable for electric motors.

Lastly, check for anything binding the pump, for instance, sand. The amp reading may get to more than six times the regular reading before you sort out these issues. Once solved, your voltage will go back to normal.

2.Constant tripping from your overload protector

This is another common issue that could be causing your pump to malfunction. In case it is exposed to direct sunlight, the excessive heat may cause your overload protectors to keep tripping. If you are constructing a structure and using temporary power on the site, your pump may also use incorrect voltage.

Have a look at the line terminals to know if this may be behind your pump’s malfunctioning.

3.The pump is producing excessive noise

This issue may require you to check all the valves in line with your pump. That is because something may have interfered with the flow resulting in a drop in head pressure. Most of the noise produced by your pump is usually due to cavitation. This is your pump reacting to the bubbles that form when water is pumping.

These noises cause your pump to lose efficiency. Therefore, you should check the pump and driver’s alignment. Cavitation may result from the type of water too and to fix this issue, you should adjust your pump to compensate for changes in viscosity.

Your motor runs continuously

A leak in your system can cause your motor to run too often. The remedy is to replace any damaged or leaking pipes. You may also need to check the water level to ensure that your pump has not surpassed the well capacity. Something else that could cause this problem is a malfunctioning pressure switch. Checking and adjusting the settings and cleaning the contacts may remedy this.

By troubleshooting, you will be able to fix menial issues thus making your pump efficient again. It will also help you know if you need to replace or buy new parts for your pump.