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Why Routine Maintenance Is Preferable to Pump Failure

Why Routine Maintenance Is Preferable to Pump Failure

We use a lot of pumps in our everyday lives, without even thinking about them. Building pumps are just one example, but as they are most often hidden away from view, we seldom think about them. Until they break down, that is.

However, there’s an easy way to prevent breakdowns and the cost which comes with that. Regular maintenance can really make a difference between a small repair which will ensure that the pump doesn’t need to stop working, as well as preventing major damage and a complete breakdown with a lot of downtime and potentially expensive repairs to get the pump to work again.

Maintenance Can Do a Lot for Your Pump

The primary function of a maintenance is, of course, to ensure that there’s no damage to the pump. However, a skilled professional can help the pump to run as efficiently as possible by tweaking it. Furthermore, regular maintenance will ensure that all the parts reach or exceed their life expectancy, keeping your costs down, in terms of replacement parts.

Finally, even if the damage is identified, if your pump is regularly maintained, it will be infinitely easier and quicker to repair the damage, thus minimizing the downtime. That being said, not all maintenances are the same. There are several different types of maintenance and all of them have different functions.

Proactive Preventative Maintenance

This kind of maintenance not only inspects the pump and all of its primary components, but it also helps anticipate potential problems which may arise in the future based on the current state of the pump. This maintenance typically takes a lot of time and can only be performed by very skilled professionals who have extensive knowledge about pumps and the accompanying equipment.

This is the primary reason why this kind of maintenance is not more common. The duration of the downtime simply doesn’t allow this to become more common maintenance option, despite the advantages it offers.

Predictive Maintenance Based on Time Periods

This is one of the most common types of maintenance. A maintenance is scheduled in a regular time interval, typically once a year, but depending on the pump and the frequency of its use, it can be more or less frequent.

The downside of time-based maintenance is that it neglects to take into account the state of the parts when deciding when a maintenance is needed. This type of maintenance is better suited to pumps which do not have to function constantly, so keep that in mind when scheduling maintenances.

Predictive Maintenance Based on the Condition of Parts

The other predictive maintenance type seemingly fixes the problem which time-based maintenance has. The maintenance is scheduled when a part or multiple parts have been worn down to a certain level. This kind of maintenance determines whether it is time to replace the parts, or if they can still be used.

Condition-based predictive maintenance is used mostly for pumps which work all the time. It can be reasonably estimated when the maintenance and replacement may be necessary thanks to previous experiences.

Breakdown Maintenance

The last kind of maintenance is performed after the pump has stopped working. Its main purpose is to determine what went wrong, as well as repair the damage. A lot of people end up having to perform this kind of maintenance because they have been neglecting their pumps for a long time.

It typically costs a lot more than performing preventative maintenance from time to time.

If you are looking for pump repair in San Diego, you should check out Propulsion Controls Engineering, a company with over 4 decades of experience in the field of mechanical engineering.

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