Since 1983, Mader Electric, Inc. has been repairing electric motors and pumps. Fast forward to 2020, and we now offer a one-stop solution, offering an array of services from Sarasota, Florida.
In our Sunshine State, there are numerous ponds with beautiful fountains that are ultimately responsible for maintaining the water's quality. When fountains are not properly functioning, or not working at all, there can be problems at the pump. Some problems can be repaired, and some problems mean it's time to replace the pump.
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The Engineering of Submersible Pumps
If you're responsible for making sure a pond is getting accurate filtration, it's a good idea to understand the basics of how submersible pumps work. Thanks to the IoT, YouTube has a visual tool that explains the submersible pump, its components, and how it works.
Identifying and Solving Problems with Submersible Pumps
Found on PondScape, without a properly working pump, also known as "the heart of the pond," there is a disruption in the environment under the water's surface. While the fountain depends upon the pump for sufficient water flow, "the fish and the filtering bacteria in the biological filter also depend on the pump to provide fresh, oxygenated water."
Visually Checking for Pump Problems
As the first sentence states on PondScape, "eighty percent of pump problems can be fixed in minutes," and that means you can save time and money. This is an excellent guide, and it offers good detail. Here are some questions to keep in mind when you're visually diagnosing a problem.
- Did a certified electrician install and test the equipment?
- Is the water level too low?
- Is the circuit breaker flipped? The reason could be more than a simple fix.
- Does the wiring look damaged?
- Don't touch any damaged wiring if power could be on!
- Is there something blocking water flow around the pump, at the skimmer, or in the filter?
- Turn off power to the pump before handling the pump.
- NEVER work on a submersible pump, its components, parts, or wires if the electricity is on!
Cleaning Out Clogged Debris Could be the Easy Repair
As noted, the PondScape article goes into a lot of detail, and here is an easy-to-follow-guide from DoItYourself.com. As stated, "one of the biggest factors in pump failure is irregular maintenance." Without routine maintenance, the pump can stop working due to debris-causing issues.
If you understand the dangers of working with electricity around water, you should be able to check for problems. As the DIY article states, "for safety reasons, always unplug a submersible pump and remove it from water before carrying out any form of maintenance or visual check."
- Carefully and properly take the pump out of the water.
- Check for clogged tubing.
- Check for blocked filters and impellers.
- Check power before returning the pump into the water.
Knowing When it's Time to Replace
It's better to be safe when mixing electricity and water.
- Installation was not done by a qualified electrician.
- If the pump has consistently flipped a circuit breaker, there is most likely something wrong with the pump.
- The pump might have been running dry for some time, causing damage to the pump.
- An overheating pump means it's time to replace.
- Loud noises during operation, with no apparent clogs.
Mader Electric: Experts in Submersible Pumps
It's frustrating to invest in a pond fountain and to see it barely working, or not working at all. It does take routine maintenance to keep submersible pumps forcefully pushing the water up through the fountain. Check out our preventive maintenance guide for further help.
If you need additional guidance, or you know it's time to replace your submersible pump, we are qualified experts on pumps and motors. Call us with any questions. We're always happy to help keep your pond's fountain working so that the water sustains the life within it.