Misting Pump Maintenance
The recommended maintenance includes an annual review of the misting pump and all of its working components. The most critical ongoing maintenance items that should be closely watched include the changing of the oil, the changing of the filter cartridge, the periodic checking for water or oil leaks, and the periodic checking of the critical components to be sure everything is working properly. Suggested Maintenance for Any Misting Pump include:
1. As with your car, the misting pump uses oil to maintain lubrication and cooling within the crankcase. It is easy to assume all is well because the pump continues to run, but if you wait until something fails, it will be too late. The initial oil change should be once the pump is broken in after the first 50 hours of operation. After that, oil changes should be made every 500 hours of operation. All Fogco pumps include an hour meter to determine the proper time for the needed oil change.
2.The filters on the misting system are the last line of defense to prevent debris from entering the pump. The cartridges should be inspected monthly and replaced at least once a year. Dual filtration is also a good idea for areas that have extremely hard water or misting systems that are using well water.
3.All water pumps have rubber seals that are designed to wear (this is a necessity in order for the rubber material used to be able to seal around the pistons that create the pressure in the misting pump) and will need to be replaced whenever the pump begins to leak. Typically, this will be between 500 and 2000 hours of operation depending on the specific misting pump design, the operating conditions, and the overall condition of the water supply. The pump should be checked for water leaks every time the oil is changed.
4. For all pulley drive pumps, the pulley belt should be checked each time the oil is changed. If cracking or splitting of the belt is observed, the belt should be replaced.