Common Centrifugal Pump Problems You Encounter
While most manufacturers claim that their centrifugal pumps are heavy duty and can last for years, different environmental factors can take a toll on them.
Pumps are designed for extensive use, particularly in industrial settings. While most manufacturers claim that their centrifugal pumps are heavy duty, meaning they are constructed to last for years and withstand varying amounts of pressure, many environmental and workplace factors can take a toll on the equipment.
Noticeable changes in the performance of the centrifugal pump can be observed as time passes, and they need to be addressed to restore the pump to full efficiency. Here are some common problems you may encounter with your pump, and how you can address them.
Pump Operates Below Normal Pump Curve
The pump curve indicates the headflow rate, efficiency and power of the pump. Different types of pumps have different pump curves so, upon purchasing your equipment, make sure to determine its normal curve.
Having an operating point below the pump curve is a sign of problems with the pumpage or in the system. This affects the flow rate and pressure, causing the equipment to perform poorly.
Changing Viscosity of the Pumpage
You can expect to encounter this problem if the pump stores liquids such as oil, which is prone to changing viscosity due to environmental variations. Temperature fluctuations can easily alter liquid’s viscosity. This causes a change in dilution gravity, which is reflected in the pump curve.
Flow in the System
If the flow is too low, it may indicate a problem with the system, such as a restricted line, or possibly a wrong installation.
If you observe any of these problems in your pump, then it’s best to ask repair professionals to handle them. Here at Masterflow Solutions, we have a wealth of knowledge about the different kinds of centrifugal pumps and similar equipment. You can trust us to diagnose the problem and provide an effective solution.
Call us and let us know how we can help you.