How do you know whether to repair or replace a broken pump?
Six key factors to consider
The age and type of pump
- An older pump system is not going to be as efficient or as reliable as a newer model with up-to-date, state of the art technology.
- Some pump types have a longer life than others.
- If there is life left in your pump, and you can live less efficiency for the time being, a repair is going to be most cost-effective.
- Most new pumps offer much greener and more energy-efficient solutions. A replacement could therefore save more money over time through efficiency, than a repair.
- Look at the risk of the repaired pump failing again because it has a shorter life span. If it failed, what would be the impact and cost to your organisation? If the impact and cost are relatively slight, then it’s worth a repair. If they are significant, then a replacement is going to provide much better insurance.
If you are unsure, talk to a pump specialist to find out more about the efficiency of what you have in place.
The pump’s run time
- The longer the pump’s hours of run time, the more wear and tear it will have borne.
- If the system has been running flat out for a number of years, it is more likely a replacement pump will be the best option
- If the system has been in place for years, but doesn’t run all the time, the pump may be in good condition and a repair is all that’s needed
Analyse the ongoing costs of maintenance, repairs and downtime, and compare them with the cost of a new system. Invite us for a free site visit, and we will be able to do this for you.
How many repairs
- If your pump system has already been repaired, especially if more than once, it is more likely that a replacement will be the best option
- If it’s the first time it has needed a repair, then this is likely to be the right move
Ease of installation
- Some installations are easier than others
- Does the new pump fit the available space left by the old pump? If yes, a replacement is an easier decision. If no, the decision will depend on some of the other factors involved
- Will there need to be costly reworking of the system, to make the new pump work effectively? If yes, it’s clearly an argument against a replacement that needs to be weighed up against the other factors
Regularity of failures
- If the system is failing regularly, there may be something wrong with the pump that needs more analysis than the simple decision of repair or replace
- It could be a faulty product in the first place; if it is covered under a warranty agreement the supplier should solve the problem for you
- The pump may not have been installed correctly, and if so, some reworking could be all that you need
- An analysis of the system is advised. Don’t put up with regular failures – there is no reason why a good, well-installed system should not work with no interruptions
Again, we will analyse this for you if you call us to discuss a free site visit
Lead times, disruption and down-times
- Not all pumps are easily available from stock; can a new one be obtained within a reasonable lead time? A delay could prove costly, so an interim repair may be the only option
- Is it a critical pump with no back up? A repair is likely to be less immediately disruptive than a replacement
- If the risk of further failure would be even more disruptive than installing a replacement system, it’s worth scheduling the replacement
- A good pump engineering team will fit their schedule around your quiet/shut times, such as school holidays or overnight
There is no right or wrong answer to whether to repair or replace. There is a careful weighing up of factors after intelligent analysis.
Here are Dura Pump, we will give you free advice.