Maintenance of Automatic Bilge Pumps

The automatic bilge pump is a necessary and functional piece of boating equipment, even if it isn’t everyone’s favourite. It’s possible that you’ve never had to replace or repair your pump, but it’s still beneficial to know how to troubleshoot it. In the end, an automatic bilge pump is nothing more than a water pump.Have a look at BOATING BEAVER PONDS FOR BREAM for more info on this.
Bilge Pump Installation and Maintenance Tips | Practical Sailor
What’s the location of it?
Most of the time, your automatic bilge pump will be located in the lowest available section of the boat. Start with the simplest deck and work your way up to the most difficult. The pump will almost always be an automatic one, such as the well-known Rule 2000 bilge pump, and it will be connected to your boat’s electrical system. You’ll notice that larger boats often have multiple bilge pumps.
The pump has a float device that acts like a bathroom cistern and automatically turns on when the water level reaches a certain level. Your automatic bilge pump will almost certainly need to be serviced or replaced at some point during your boating career. It’s a good idea to keep a good pump in good working order at all times. Of course, you’ll need to find it on your boat to begin with.
Putting The Switch To The Test
You should be able to see a switch with three settings once you’ve found your automatic pump. ‘On’, ‘Off,’ and ‘Automatic’ would most likely be the options. It’s usually set to automatic so that the pump turns on when the water level reaches a certain level. If you want to see if your pump is working properly, turn the switch to the on position. The only thing to keep in mind is that after you’ve checked it, you can turn it off or back to the auto mode.
The pump’s failure to activate is often due to a broken, ageing, or rusted switch. Haggard wires or a blown fuse are obvious items to look for. If both of these items have been replaced, you may need to replace the entire switch or pump.
If you ever decide to change the fuse, make sure it’s the right size. If the fuse blows after you’ve replaced it, it’s most likely because it’s the wrong size.
If the strainer on the pump has accumulated a lot of waste over time, it will also need to be cleaned. A clogged strainer with trash and slime could cause the fuse to blow.
If Everything Else Fails
If all else fails, the hose connections are the last place to check for problems with your pump. The bilge pump will not function properly if the connections are weak. It’s possible that the hose is broken or has holes in it.
Since a sound, hardworking automatic bilge pump is critical to your boating success, it’s a good idea to give it some TLC now and then.