6 Factors That Significantly Impact Pump Lifespan

A functional water pump is key to a well-operating water treatment system – it moves water from one place to another. Thus, if you want your system to work properly, you need to install a high-quality water pump and ensure that it’s regularly maintained by someone who knows what they’re doing.

Over time, water pumps will deteriorate and will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. To help you make your pump last longer, we’ve outlined some of the key factors affecting pump lifespan from Egger Pumps, which sepcialises in the Turo Vortex Pump. We’ll also provide tips and strategies for maximising the lifespan of your pump so that you can cut costs and increase efficiency.

Pump Speed

The speed at which your pump is operated also has an impact on its lifespan. If the pump is operated at too high of a speed, it will cause increased wear and tear, leading to a shorter lifespan. On the other hand, if the pump is operated at too low of a speed, it can cause cavitation and damage the impeller.

To extend the lifespan of your pump, make sure to operate it at the optimal speed for your specific application.

Impeller Balance

An imbalanced impeller can cause vibration and premature wear, leading to a shortened lifespan for your water pump. If the impeller is out of balance, you can add a little grease or completely replace the impeller.

Driver Alignment

This can have a massive impact on the lifespan of pumps. Checking the driver alignment regularly will guarantee a longer water pump lifespan, as it allows for smoother component rotation and steadier water flow.

Luckily, driver misalignment is a quick fix, but only if you’re proactive about maintenance. It’s worth your time to check on your driver alignment regularly and keep an eye out for any changes. If the blades and vanes are worn out, the alignment may be beyond repair.

Oil Contamination

If your pump is lubricated with oil, then oil contamination can cause serious damage and significantly shorten the lifespan of your pump.

To prevent oil contamination, make sure to regularly check the level and quality of the oil. If the oil is dirty or low, replace it with fresh oil. You should also check for leaks and repair them as soon as possible.

Radial Force

The radial force can also have an impact on pump lifespan. If the radial force is too high, it can cause damage to the pump over time.

To reduce the radial force, make sure that the impeller is properly sized for your application and that the clearance between the impeller and the volute is correct. You should also check for any blockages that might be causing an increase in radial force.

Fluid Properties

The type of fluid being transported also has an impact on how long your water pump will last. If you’re moving water with a high solids content, for example, it’s going to put more wear and tear on your pump than if you’re only moving clean water.

As such, it’s important to take the properties of the fluid into account when choosing a pump. If you know you’ll be moving water with a high solids content, make sure to choose a pump that’s designed for that application.

There are a number of factors that can impact the lifespan of your water pump. To extend the life of your pump, make sure to operate it at the correct speed, keep it properly lubricated, and check for any blockages or damage. Additionally, take the properties of the fluid being transported into account when choosing a pump. By following these tips, you can maximise the lifespan of your water pump and save money in the long run.