If you’ve had your fountain for a long time and the pump has stopped working, it’s time to get a new one. First, call your manufacturer to see if the warranty is still good. If so, the manufacturer should be happy to replace the pump at no cost to you.
If your warranty has expired or you have voided it in some way, it’s time to get a new pump. But with so many to choose from, how do you pick the right one? Here are a few things to remember when getting a new pump for your water fountain. There are two main things you need to consider when getting a new fountain. You must choose the right flow rate, measured in gallons per hour (GPH). You must also consider the head height, which is how high the pump can pump the water.
Make sure that you get a fountain with a maximum head that is higher than what you think you need. This is because, turned on all the way, the pump will not actually pump to its maximum head.
Don’t get pumps with excessive flow rates in GPH if you have a small indoor fountain. If the flow rate is too high, you’ll have to deal with splashing. Generally for small tabletop fountains up to ten inches high, you’ll need a flow rate of 40-70 GPH. For larger fountains up to thirty-six inches tall, get pump between 100 and 200 GPH.
If your fountain is even larger than this, get a pump that is stronger than what you need, because you can adjust the flow rate of the pump.
Check to make sure that you’re getting a pump with the right outlet tube side, measured by the inside diameter of the tube. After all, you don’t want to come home with a pump that doesn’t fit your fountain.
A good pump will last at least a year, but with good care and maintenance it will last even longer.
Pumps are essential to keeping a water fountain, obviously, as they are what makes the water flow. If you need a new pump, remember to first call your manufacturer to see if the warranty will cover it. Keep the instructions and specifications that come with your fountain, as they may specify what kind of pump it uses. This will save you the hassle of trying to determine which pump you need.