10 Common Self-Priming Pump Issues

By Russ Brandon - 2016-11-16

Most centrifugal pump issues happen on the suction side of the pump. Read on to learn about the 10 most common self-priming pump problems.


It needs to be primed before its first operation. Yes, it’s called a self-priming pump but it has to be primed before you use it for the first time. There’s a priming chamber somewhere that will need to be filled before you start it. Read the instruction manual or go online to check for details if you’re not sure. Sometimes the pump might need manual re-priming after the first prime; for instance, if the fluid has evaporated, the pump has moved, or there has been a leak.


It’s too far from the liquid source. You want the pump as close as possible to the suction source. Thirty feet is the max recommended distance and it makes se...

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