The list of frequently asked questions provides a quick answer about common Delavan products. It intents to offer a general overview, and a reference knowledge to check first before needing to contact Technical Support.
My pump does not turn on
- Check for power (Supply voltage +/- 10%)
- Check pressure switch. Please see ESR-008.
- Check relay – It will make a click sound if failed. (FB2/FB3 series demand pump)
- Replace motor
- My pump is not flowing
- My pump is not shutting off or does not build pressure
My pump is turning on and off quickly (Cycling)
Pump ‘cycling’ is when the pressure switch of any demand style pump is rapidly turning on and off. Understanding why your pump is doing this is essential to finding a solution to the issue.
- Understanding Pressure Switches
To understand why your pump is cycling it is important to understand how a pressure switch works. On the top of all demand style pumps there is a pressure switch. Inside the pressure switch is a small diaphragm connected to an electrical On/Off switch. Once the pressure in the pump head reaches a certain pre-set limit (ex. 60 psi) the diaphragm will inflate and hit the electrical On/Off switch turning your pump off. Once the pressure in the pump goes below the pre-set limit (ex. 60 psi) the diaphragm will deflate turning the pump back on.
- Flow vs. Restriction
The flow of your Delavan Pump and your system’s restrictions are the next factors to consider. The flow of your Delavan Pump is written on the label of your pump. For this example, you have a 5 GPM Delavan pump and have it hooked up to nozzles or a spray wand. The nozzle or wand is only able to put 2 GPM, this is the restriction of your system. Your pump always wants to push 5 GPM but the system restriction won’t allow it. This causes your pump’s pressure switch to rapidly turn On/Off. Much like any electrical system, turning your pump On/Off rapidly is causing damage and may cause your pump to prematurely break down.
- How do I stop my pump from cycling?
Recognize what is causing the restriction. It could be the size of your nozzles, the wand you are using, a kinked hose in your system, the diameter of the hose, too many 90º fittings. It can be one or a few of these issues. Fixing the restriction and increasing the flow of your system will stop cycling.
If you are using a Sprayer or Wand type system you can easily add a return to tank or “bypass” which will circulate any extra fluid back to the tank. Do this by adding a T-fitting and valve just past the outlet and a hose which will direct any excess flow back to the tank. We have a Youtube video explaining this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEN6AXZrAGM
Finally, you can adjust the pressure of where your pressure switch will turn off power to your pump by adjusting the set-screw on top. Follow this link for an explanation of how to do that. Please see ESR-001.
My pump leaks
- Check for loose screws at switch or pump head.
- Check the switch diaphragm ruptured or pinched. Replace the pressure switch. Please see ESR-008.
- Check for fluid in the pump head. If present, replace the lower housing assembly. Please see ESR-003.
- If you have a 7822FS serial number and the pump is leaking from the Flex-Ports please see Please see ESR-027.
or this youtube video. https://youtu.be/jVeK0pmCcdo
My pump gets very hot
It is recommended to continuously run the pumps at a pressure less than 50 PSI. If the motor is getting hot, typically the pressure is high causing the motor to work harder. Reduce the pressure to 30-40psi.
MODEL STANDARD AVAILABLE OPTION 5800 1/2″ NPT 5900 3/4″ Quick Attach 7800 5/8″ Quick Attach 3/8″ NPT 7800 FLEX 3/4″ Quick Attach 5/8″ Quick Attach (Needs QA Adapter FA-7822FS) 7870/7871 FB 1/2″ NPT 7970 3/4″ Quick Attach
Import vs Domestic Pump
Any pump with an ‘-I’ at the end of the model number is an import pump. The upper housing assembly and valve plater are not replaceable with a standard domestic pump. Pressure switches are interchangeable on all models and so are lower housing assemblies.
Demand vs Bypass
A demand pump shuts off at pressure setting. You can identify a demand pump by the wire leads out of the pump head (pressure switch). A bypass pump runs continuously when it has power. You can identify a bypass pump since they only have 2 wires out of the motor.
Are Delavan diaphraphm pumps self priming? Can they run dry?
Diaphragm pumps self prime and can run dry.
Which models are potable water safe (NSF)?
All models are NSF certified except import and FB3 (7871/7971) series pumps.
- Fuse/Wire Size
Please contact Delavan Techincal Support to discuss your application.
Can I adjust my pressure switch?
Adjusting the pressure switch may increase pump wear and tear which therefore reduces pump life.
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