6 tips for maintenance of your vacuum pump.

Vacuum pumps are essential pieces of equipment in a wide number of industries, and proper maintenance and troubleshooting is key to ensuring they continue running smoothly. Rotary vane vacuum pumps are ideal for many applications due to their ability to maintain a certain level of vacuum pressure. However, they require regular monitoring and maintenance to keep them functioning properly.

In this article, we have provided tips on how to properly maintain your rotary vane vacuum pump and troubleshoot any problems you may encounter. We explain how to identify common problems and how to perform routine maintenance tasks such as lubricating the vanes or changing filters and oils.

We also provide advice on when it’s best to get in touch with our team of experts if you need help with more complex issues.

1. Keep the manual handy

There is so much to be learned from just reading the manual for any equipment, and vacuum pumps are no exception. The manual should be your first port of call when you get a new vacuum pump, and if you have a good relationship with your pump servicing company they will know what pumps you have and will be able to keep you updated on any issues you may have.

2. Inspection your vacuum pump regularly

The frequency of vacuum pump inspections varies from company to company, and is dependent on what your pump is used for and for how long each day. A vacuum pump that is running 24/7 will need to be checked daily, whereas a pump that is used less often will only need to be checked weekly. Carry out regular inspections of all the moving parts, oil levels, temperature, noise levels, and output, and record the outcome so you have a visual reference for all team members. If you find any anomalies carry out the necessary maintenance immediately.

Wear and tear on your vacuum pump is inevitable over time, so it’s important to catch it before it causes a problem. Inspect drive belts, bearings, screws and rotors, and check for any build-up of deposits. Replace any parts that have become worn or damaged.

Keeping your vacuum pump clean and free from debris will help to keep your pump running smoothly.

3. Check for leaks

Check for any possible leaks before turning your vacuum pump on. Inspect all connections, hoses, and seals for tightness, and for any signs of cracks or damage. Eliminating any leaks will help to prolong the life of your pump and improve the output. 

4. Change the filters and oils regularly

Changing the oil in your vacuum pump will help to keep the it running in optimum condition and helps to reduce wear on its internal components. The following are guides to when you should change your vacuum pump oil.

Depending on the oil type, application and possible contaminants, how often you change the oil can be anywhere from daily to yearly.

  • After an initial 100-hour break-in period of new pump operation
  • When the pump fluid shows signs of contaminated or discolouration
  • If you can see condensation in the fluid
  • If your pump is out of use for an extended period you must rplace the oil before restarting it
  • If your vacuum pump level is significantly higher than the recommended level, or if it is not reaching the desired vacuum level

5. Look out for unusual behaviour

Understanding your vacuum pumps and how they behave will allow you to keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour and take action quickly. Things to look out for are a rise in temperature, loss of pressure, and unusual noises or vibrations. Catching these early will prevent damage and unnecessary costs.

6. Use spares from a reputable source

Where possible use genuine spare parts, from your servicing provider, although there are non-genuine parts available that are of comparable quality.

If you are having issues with your vacuum pump/blower and are looking for a reliable maintenance partner then get in touch with our knowledgeable team.

Phone: 01302 439133

Mobile: 07498 644840

Email: enquiries@ivacps.co.uk