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How to Make Sure Your Maintenance Budget is on Target
August 3, 2018
Budgeting for maintenance can seem like an impossible task. Without a crystal ball, how can you know what your equipment will need a year from now? But when it comes to pumps, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your maintenance budget is as accurate as possible.
Here are three tips that can help you get your pump maintenance budget on track.
Put Your Pumps in Different Budget Buckets
How you use your pump can help you determine how much you can expect to spend on maintenance. The more you plan to use your pump, the more you should allocate to its maintenance budget. You can start by organizing your pumps into three different categories:
Low Use Even if you only use a pump in case of emergency, you should still have it serviced once a year. The last thing you want is to be in a tough situation with a pump or motor that might not start.
Moderate Use If you use your pump for the occasional sewage bypass or dewatering job, make sure you budget to have all its scheduled maintenance events — usually 2-4 per year — so it’s always ready for whatever comes its way.
High Use The more a pump is used, the more room you need in your budget. If a pump is used multiple hours each day, you should budget for all of its scheduled maintenance events, plus an extra 30% in case of major repairs.
Parts are a Big Part of the Equation
Godwin pumps are even greater than the sum of their already great parts. But some of those parts handle high-pressure water flows and other materials that wear down key internal components over time. For example, ejector jets and nozzles have compressed air flowing through them constantly, which can wear them down internally and change the airflow characteristics, reducing their efficiency. Replacement parts need to be included in your budget.
To avoid downtime and unexpected costs, it’s always better to have parts on hand before you need to replace them. Our 1-2 Year Spare Parts Kits contain commonly replaced parts and save you money over buying all the parts individually.
A Preventative Maintenance Agreement Can Safeguard Your Pump — and Your Budget
A Preventative Maintenance Agreement (PMA) is the single best way to ensure your pump is well maintained and your budget doesn’t get out of whack. With a PMA, our experienced technicians come to your worksite fully equipped to inspect and service your Godwin pump. And if a repair is required, they can do it on-site.
Not only does this mean your pump is well maintained and stays within warranty, it also makes your budget more predictable. You are less likely to face a serious maintenance or repair issue when service is automatically scheduled and carried out.
Additionally, all PMAs are fully customizable. So if you expect to put a pump through its paces in 2018, we can design a PMA with more frequent service visits.
Let Us Help You Stick to Your Budget
Budgeting for expert maintenance will almost certainly save you money in the long run and extend the life of your equipment. And with pump technicians at 50+ field offices across the country, our unparalleled maintenance services are never more than a few hours away.
Learn more about how a Preventative Maintenance Agreement can help you nail your budget by downloading our service and parts brochure.