Many oil-filled vacuum pumps are in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By properly maintaining your vacuum pump, it will last for many years to come. Here are a few tips that can help you ensure your vacuum pump is in good working condition at all times.
- Oil Change. Just like your vehicle needs an oil change about every three to four months, the oil in your vacuum pump needs to be changed on a regular basis. Without changing your pump’s oil, the contaminated oil may lead to significant performance and mechanical problems with your system. Typically, you should change the oil in your pump every time it runs for 3,000 hours. For a pump that operates 24/7, this equates to about every four months.
- Temperature Control. In order to operate like it should, your vacuum pump should be kept in an open-air, well-ventilated area. If the pump must be kept in an enclosed area, ventilate it with a fan. Additionally, keep the pump away from hot equipment and hot rooms, as extensive exposure to heat could cause premature engine failure.
- Overheated Oil. When a pump works beyond its intended capacity, the oil in the pump may start to burn. When this happens, the burned oil may cool and lock up the pump. If this occurs or you run into another problem with your vacuum pump, give us a call at Pat’s Pump & Blower. Thanks to our 20 years of experience in the industry, we can get your pump back up and running in no time.