Water pump systems don’t last forever and need to be replaced with newer, more powerful versions eventually. Understandably, many building supervisors and facility managers seek to eke out their pump systems as much as possible, but there comes a time when the possibility of catastrophic failure outweighs the benefits of carrying the old pump along with it. Pushing the system until it dies completely leaves you with a building without water, angry building occupants and the heightened cost of buying and installing an emergency. If your water pump system is subject to any of the following conditions, it is probably time to replace it.
A 15-year-old water pump is an old water pump and has its negative effects, much like the human body. Maintenance becomes a constant problem, with new problems continually arising. The amount of effort that you bring into the system starts feeling like a losing battle.
Ideally, repair your water pump until problems arise due to age. Even a 13-year-old pump will start showing signs of age that no amount of diligent maintenance will forever fend off.
What kind of issues do old water pumps afflict? Low pressure and pressure spikes are usual, spitting water into the urinals and causing loud groaning pipes. The reports may show one pump with more operating hours than another, which may or may not be right depending on how the machine ages. Burning odors and low, accumulated issues often mean it’s time to act.
The older your water pump, the easier it is to find the necessary parts and components for proper maintenance and repairs. Even if your pump is working perfectly right now, check the availability of replacement parts for your machine periodically. If you can not find parts quickly when there is a problem, you run the risk of significant delays in repair work.
Rust and Leaks Rust is almost inevitable when a working system mixes water with metal parts, and is the bane of maintaining water pumps. Many rust rates are appropriate if they do not impact efficiency of the system, but when oxidation leads to multiple leaks or bolts so corroded that they break when you try to remove them, it’s time for a new system.
Make future replacement water pump part of your planned long-term installations. You know that this is a cost that you will eventually have to pay, so it is better to prepare for the expense while your pump is operating properly. Otherwise, if it fails, you’ll have a dire problem.