Throughout the year we diagnose hundreds of pump and equipment problems over the phone and have found that in most cases it isn’t a pump problem, but rather a system problem. Sometimes the best tool you can use to help us determine your pumping issue is a camera.
By sending us a few well snapped pictures from your camera, of the pump and/or system, will give us a greater understanding on diagnosing your pumping issue. In addition to visuals, if we know the suction pressure, discharge pressure, and air inlet pressure, most problems can be solved quickly.
I often receive phone calls from end users about diaphragm cycle life and the first few questions I ask are:
- What pump are they using?
- What chemicals are they using and at what temperature?
- Is it a suction lift application or a flooded suction?
- At what flow rate are they operating the pump?
After discussing these questions I find that several customers are running the pump at full throttle instead of selecting a larger pump in the beginning process of the pump selection.
Operating a larger pump at half throttle would extend the diaphragm life, consume less air consumption and overall provide less wear and tear on the equipment.