Machinery & Engineering

4 Common reasons for failure in pump motors

When it comes to pumps, most people wish they could simply turn them on, and voila, they get to run until the end of time without any impedance. However, pumps don’t operate like that, and even the best pumps can encounter problems here and there. Your typical pump problem leads to unwanted downtime, and this can affect your entire system.

The good news is that some of these problems are highly preventable.

Below is a list of some of the common problems your pump motor can develop.

Too much heat

Depending on their design, and application pumps can generate lots of heat. The build-up of heat is one of the common problems faced by electric pumps, and it is the main reason pumps fail. In fact, one could easily trace the common failures of pumps is excessive heat. The best way to improve the life of your pump is to ensure it maintains an appropriate level of heat.

Incompatibility with the material to be pumped

This is one feature that cannot be compromised. pumps can be very sensitive to materials, and in most cases they can be the reaction can be highly corrosive if the material is a chemical. Take for example in wastewater treatment that involves the use of caustic soda. The chemical can easily corrode, and have an adverse effect on plastics and metals. So it is essential you get a pump that is built with the right materials that can handle your materials.

Contamination and dust

Contamination and dust can affect the motor of your pump. Unless the motor is sealed, it has the tendency to attract dust particles and other airborne particles as it operates. As soon as the particles get inside of the motor, they can lead to various complications and damages. The level of damage is often dependent on the nature and size of particles.

Some particles can cause the build-up of heat; others can wear down contact components of the motor, and others can dampen the electrical flow of the motor. Our company, Global Pumps, emphasizes on getting the right protection to ensure particles don’t find access to your pump.

Improper lubrication

Pumps often run on motors, and inadequate lubrication can lead to some severe issues for the motor. Each manufacturer provides a lubrication specification for its motor. Little or no lubrication can lead to severe abrasion, while too much can cause a seal to blow. It is essential you have the right lubricant for your motor and pay attention to contamination as well.

All of the above-mentioned factors can affect the performance of your pump, leading to serious downtime, and the reduction of the life of your pump. It is essential you pick the right pump that fits your needs and requirements. As soon as you get your hands on the right equipment, it is crucial you carry out the right maintenance practices in line with the specified standard.