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How Can I Maximize The Efficiency Of My Pump?

WP Law - Thursday, June 02, 2016
Pump

If your pump runs inefficiently, it wastes energy, and you needlessly pay costly energy bills. Luckily, there are ways to make your pump run more efficiently. Are you doing these five things?

1. Using the Correct Size of Pump

Pumps come in a range of sizes, and you need to pick the size that best matches your needs. If your pump is too large, it will waste energy every time it runs, compared to using a smaller more efficient pump. In contrast, if the pump is too small, it will run constantly and waste energy.

2. Replacing Old Inefficient Pumps With Efficient Ones

Pumps come with different levels of efficiency built into them, and if you are using an older pump, it may not be as efficient as a new pump. Ideally, you want to replace old, inefficient pumps with new pumps that advertise premium efficiency.

3. Keeping Your Pump Clean

Occasionally debris and marine life can become stuck in the impeller vanes and reduce pump efficiency. To prevent all of these risks, periodically inspect the pump’s intake strainer to make sure it has not been damaged. If it is attached to a filter or a screen, change or clean those elements on a regular basis to avoid buildup of minerals or debris.

4. Maintaining Your Pump

Like most machinery, pumps require periodic maintenance if they are to perform reliably. Depending on what type of pumping equipment have will determine what maintenance needs to be performed. You should make sure that bearings are properly greased and belts are tensioned correctly as needed. If there are oil reservoirs on your pump, make sure that they are full and that the oil is clean. Some pumps require periodic adjustment of the impellers and packing glands. Impellers should also be checked for blockages, from time-to-time.

5. Adjusting and Maintaining Auxiliary Elements

In addition to ensuring your pump is as efficient as possible, you also have to keep an eye on the elements that work alongside of your pump. For example, if you have a pump as part of your irrigation system, you need to make sure that your sprinklers are releasing water correctly. If there are not, it could cause your pump to work overtime and waste energy.

Want more tips and ideas for getting your pump to work more efficiently? Contact W.P. Law. Our sales associates are well versed in pumps, saving energy and other important topics.

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