High pressure water pumps are designed for industrial use, but these pumps aren't designed to last forever.
The loss of high pressure pumps could bring your facility to a halt. To avoid the cost and hassle associated with unplanned stoppage time, you should be able to identify signs of wear in your high pressure pump.
Spotting these signs early allows you to make repairs or schedule the replacement of your pump to avoid an unexpected failure.
1. Flow and Pressure Changes
One of the most easily recognizable signs of high pressure pump failure is a sudden change in flow and pressure levels.
A pump that is in good condition will be able to maintain a constant and steady flow rate. The water pressure created by a quality pump should also remain constant. If you begin to notice a drop in flow rate and pressure fluctuations, these problems are a good indication that your pump is on the verge of failure.
Repair or replace the pump quickly to ensure your facility always has access to the water it needs to function efficiently.
A high pressure water pump that is running effectively will be watertight. It's important that you conduct routine visual inspections of your pump to check for leaks.
A pump that sees excessive use or goes long periods of time without maintenance can begin to fall apart. Welded seams could separate, fasteners could become loose, and hoses can become brittle and crack. Damage to the pump itself creates small openings where water can leak out.
You will see evidence of pooling water near your high pressure pump if it has sprung a leak. An experienced technician may be able to repair the source of the leak if you reach out for help as soon as the leak develops.
3. Increased Vibration
High pressure water pumps run smoothly, despite the volume of water they pump through each day. A pump that is no longer running smoothly should be cause for concern. Excessive vibration is usually a sign that your pump is malfunctioning in some way.
Vibration can be caused by a damaged motor, a damaged belt, or loose fasteners that allow movement within the pump during operation.
If you allow your high pressure pump to continue running while vibrating excessively, you run the risk of having the pump fail. Shut down a vibrating pump and wait for repairs in order to lower costs and keep the amount of downtime you experience low.