Centrifugal pump maintenance
Morgan Byres | Oct 2, 2018
Centrifugal pumps are built to last. However, the better you care for them, the longer they will last. Replacing the seals, monthly checks, and making sure that everyone handling the pump are appropriately trained are a few ways to extend your pumps life.
You should replace your seal approximately once a year.
This is only a general time frame, if you use your pump frequently or for super strenuous tasks you will need to replace it sooner. We recommend getting a spare seal kit when you purchase your pump, that way when the seal starts to fail you're not panicking. If you don’t have a spare seal we sell seal kits for all of our pumps, and even some pumps we don’t sell (so just call us and we can find you a seal kit).
You should do a maintenance check of your pump each month, looking for excessive wear or tear. Check the seal faces for chips, cracks, and uneven or excessive wear. Check the step of the rotating seal, it can wear down. The seals can be washed in hot soapy water but do not scrub the seals.
Your pump has ways of telling you when you don't change your seal regularly, such as leaking or vibrating. If your pump starts leaking, it is most likely because your seal is failing but it could just be dirty. Check your seal, if you notice any damage or excessive wear than it is time to replace it.
What should you avoid at all costs?
How to look after your pump?
Keep an eye on your pump, replace the seals, and practice safe brewing and your pump will thank you for it.