How long should my pump last?

aggieroseOctober 22, 2010

I just have a small whiskey barrel with a couple of plants and goldfish in it. I bought a small pump from Home Depot to make sure the fish had the O2 they needed, but it doesn't seem to be working anymore. The pump is still running, but the water is just trickling out of the spitter. I don't see anyway to take the pump apart to clean it. The pump itself is tiny, maybe 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches and its 2-3 months old. Should it last longer than this? Is there somthing I can do to fix it? Thanks!

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Yes, it should last longer than that if it doesn't get clogged.

Is there a pre-filter on the pump; something that filters out debris before it can get into the pump?

If there is, maybe that needs rinsing out to clean it. If there isn't perhaps something has gotten into the pump and is clogging it.

If there was no information inclued with the pump, one thing I would do is google the pump maker and see if it can be taken apart to be cleaned. It may be a sealed unit and can't be taken apart.

Hopefully someone who has better information than I will chime in and solve your problem.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 10:16AM
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