Posted by Jake on Feb, 25 2014

Welcome to Tech Tuesday! Each week we will choose one question from a customer and post the answer on our blog. You can join in on the action by emailing your technical questions to sales@wakemakers.com with the subject: Tech Tuesday, or hit us up on social media with the hashtag #WMTechTuesday. 

Johnson Ultra Ballast Pump with Orange ImpellerWhat is the difference between the Johnson Pumps from WakeMAKERS and the one’s I find on Amazon or Ebay?

At WakeMAKERS, we pride ourselves in being advocates for our customers. Not only will we facilitate the warranty process when something does go wrong but we also only stock the newest newest version of the products we sell. That is why we got rid of all of the black impeller pumps and now only have the Johnson Pumps with the orange impellers on our shelves. The high-strength, elastomeric material is self-lubricating which is key in producing faster fill/drain times. Our test’s have shown that the orange impellers outperform standard neoprene or rubber impellers when it comes to reliability during run dry. The Johnson Ultra Ballast Reversible Pump also features extended protection in the form of a thermos overload switch that will shut the pump off before long term damage can be done to the motor.

How do you service the Johnson Reversible Pump to help it last longer?

Flexible Impellers, like the one featured in the Johnson Reversible Ballast Pump, work best when they are used regularly. Impellers may become damaged or ruined by debris, chemicals, or by running the pumps dry for too long. If you put 100 or more hours on your boat a year it would be wise to change your ballast pump impellers once a season. If the boat is run less frequently the ballast impellers should be changed every two seasons. (Johnson Ultra Ballast Pump Orange Impeller)

Johnson Ultra Ballast Reversible Pump

How can I winterize my Johnson Reversible Pump?

In order to keep your Johnson Pump and Impeller running like new we recommend taking it out, rubbing it with Vaseline and storing it in a Ziploc bag while you’re boat is dormant during the winter months. Remember that the best time to remove the impellers is during the winterization process.

How does hot water and what ever solution run through your ballast system during invasive species inspections affect your impeller?

The life of your impeller will depend on the temperature of the water you are pumping through it. The Johnson Impeller is designed to work best and have a normal lasting life between temperatures of 41F-131F. Anything above or below that range will have an impact on how long the impeller will be in good working function.

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