Three Pitfalls To Avoid When You're Inspecting And Cleaning An Electric Pump's Evaporator

Posted on: 22 September 2016

Whether it's for your pool or for your home's heating system, electric pumps are an essential feature of modern life. If your pump hasn't been working properly lately or is only working in spurts, the problem may lie with the evaporator (the part that takes in outside air to heat it up). While you're inspecting and cleaning an electric pump's evaporator, remember to avoid these three pitfalls.

Starting Your Work Before The Unit Can Properly Cool Down

As you can imagine, the evaporator is normally very hot when the unit is up and running. It'll be very difficult to work on the evaporator in this condition. Therefore, before you even start your work, wait at least an hour or so after you shut off the unit so that everything can cool down.

This is especially important if you plan on removing the evaporator and replacing it with a new one. In this case, it's also advisable to wear gloves throughout the whole replacement process.

Not Washing Your Hands Before You Start

Even if you don't want to wear gloves, you should at least wash your hands before you begin. The parts in the interior of an electric pump are very delicate, and it only takes a few bits of bacteria on your hands to cause both the evaporator and the heating coil to become inundated with mold, rendering the whole unit useless.

If you need to take anything out of the unit (besides the evaporator itself), place plenty of clean towels on the floor so that bugs and germs can't infest anything.

Using A Paper Towel Or A Very Old Fabric Towel

It's even more important to use a good towel when you're cleaning dust or debris off of the evaporator with chemical cleaning products. If you use an older towel, small fibers in it could come loose and get stuck in the evaporator, leading to lots of performance issues down the road.

While you might think that a paper towel is fine to use, they dissolve far too quickly when they come into contact with water and other cleaning chemicals. Additionally, paper towels have a habit of giving off harmful bits of microscopic paper even when they're just sitting still on a counter.

Don't cut corners when it comes to dealing with any electric pump problems. If problems with the pump persist even after cleaning, don't hesitate to call a professional, such as Deckman Electric Inc.