Workhorses like vacuum pumps are built strong and expected to last a long time. But that does not mean they will last forever. After years of hard work, these industrial pumps need to be replaced. Depending on the signs, you have to decide whether it’s time to repair or replace the pump entirely.
The Pump Is Noisy
Industrial pumps are built for silent operations. These pumps perform tough jobs and gradually wear over time. The result is they become noisier as time passes. As parts of the pump wear down, the noise increases. Sometimes the noise can be due to debris stuck inside the moving parts of industrial pumps.
You can quickly fix these things by disassembling the pump and cleaning it thoroughly. Another reason for pump noise is bearings are worn. You need to either replace them or lube them well. Excessive pump noise is a sign of a failing pump. If you listen carefully and the pump’s noise emitted does not seem familiar, you need to perform some troubleshooting and replace the pump if repairs are costly and complicated.
It Has Lost Suction Power
Vacuum pumps suck air molecules from the vacuum chamber. As the pumps get older and its parts start wearing out, it loses suction power. Loss of suction power can be hard to diagnose.
When the pump loses suction power, you need to track the issue. If the problem is tracked to the pump, you need to replace the pump. If the problem is in inlet pipelines, you need to get it fixed. When the system is experiencing suction loss, you need to check the seals. If the air is making a way inside, it can be difficult for the pump to create a vacuum.
Too Much Horsepower
Industrial systems are calibrated. They have to work within defined limits. Sometimes the industrial pump generates too much horsepower and causes trouble to the entire system. It is something that requires your immediate attention. In many cases, it is an indication that pumps have gone wrong and need to be replaced.
Pump Vibrates Sometimes
The pump and the system can operate at a consistent speed. A sporadic increase in vibrations indicates the pump needs to be serviced. If ignored, the pump will fail sooner or later. Before troubleshooting the pump, check the pipe connectors. Loose pipe separators also cause pump vibrations. If your pump is vibrating only sometimes, it is an indication the parts are failing. It’s time to service the pump or replace it.
If the vibrations can be pinpointed to your industrial pump, it could indicate any of the following.
- General wear and tear
- Dry or failed bearings
- Alignment issues
- Coupling issues
- Belt alignment issues
- Gear failure
Excessive vibration of the pumps needs expert diagnosis. You need to call a pump technician to investigate the issue and perform a diagnosis. If the technician mentions costly repairs, you can either perform repairs or get the pump replaced.
Vacuum pumps play an essential role in the production processes of many industries. Whether the pumps need to be repaired or replaced, the idea behind it is to get the system running.