Know Your Equipment

In Blog by Ed Miller

It’s important to keep a log of equipment in your pump room, what’s been changed, replaced, repaired and more.

Over time, equipment will experience normal wear and tear. Data plates containing important information will deteriorate and become difficult or impossible to read. By logging all data from all equipment, you can prevent this from becoming an issue.

Some parts may need to be replaced periodically. Probes in chemistry controllers, tubes and rollers in peristaltic pumps, cells in chlorine generators and much more. Log when these items are serviced. It’s important for warranty tracking.

At a minimum, the following information should be recorded on every piece of equipment in a mechanical room:

  • Date of Install
  • Serial Number
  • Model Number
  • Date last serviced
  • Warranty information
  • What parts were replaced
  • Other information pertinent to the equipment. So square footage of filter area for filters, HP for pumps, etc. Just anything and everything on the data plates.
  • Electrical info: What’s the voltage required, amperage, what gauge is the wire going to the unit, what is the amp breaker, etc.

Maintaining a proper database of all equipment can save money in the long run. Warranties can be maintained, so if a part fails while still covered there will be a clear record of date of install, when the part was replaced last and other warranty information.

Decades from now, when an old pump fails, the information can be retrieved, and a replacement pump ordered without bringing in expensive engineers.

On a related note, always save all documentation related to your pool. If you have a pool liner, save all documents regarding it. If the original paperwork is lost, a team will have to come out and measure to replace the liner, a significant expense.

This also helps future workers to also be able to know your equipment better.

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