Troubleshooting your Comet Diaphragm Pump

Monday, 4 November 2019  |  Admin

The proper operation of a diaphragm pump often depends on its proper installation and careful maintenance.
However, even a properly installed pump can sometimes have problems, such as priming, pressure, pulsation, noise or oil consumption problems. If you feel that the pump is not performing as it should, you must take immediate action to understand the cause of malfunctioning and restore it.

In this article we have summarized the most common problems that may occur during the normal use of a diaphragm pump and the necessary actions to fix them.

Some procedures are routine maintenance, while others should be carried out by skilled technicians or at authorized service centers.

Problem, cause and remedy of the main malfunctions of a diaphragm pump:


pompa non adesca acqua

When the pump does not prime or draw water, there are generally three causes:

  • The control regulator is in "pressure"
    Don't panic, before starting to dismantle your pump always check that the control regulator is in "by-pass" mode, this problem is very often due to inattention.
  • Problems on the suction line, i.e. pipes or fittings are sucking in air. The entire suction line must then be inspected and it must be ensured that pipes and fittings are securely fastened.
  • Clogged suction filter, if the suction line is intact and functioning, you must remove the suction filter and clean it if it is clogged.



assenza di pressionePressure problems may be caused by an RPM speed that is not adequate to the technical characteristics of the pump, in this case it is sufficient to reset the number of revolutions indicated in the manual to recreate the pressure necessary for a correct use.
If the pressure continues to remain low or equal to zero, the problem may probably concern the nozzles; if the nozzles are worn or with a flow rate exceeding that which can be reached by the pump, they must be replaced.


pressione irregolare

Irregular pressure can also have several causes:
  • First check the suction line, if pipes or fittings are sucking air the pressure inside the pump is obviously affected.
  • The pulsation dampener may be set incorrectly. The dampener absorbs vibrations generated by the oscillating movement of the diaphragms thanks to a pressure chamber. If not set correctly, the dampener pressure can affect the pump pressure. Simply restore the correct pressure inside the dampener and the pump pressure will be regular again.
  • Another cause may be the incorrect configuration of the pressure regulator, check the pressure setting of the regulator (and if necessary, repair or replace it).


pulsazioni eccessiveIn the event of excessive pulsations or vibrations, you should certainly check the pulsation dampener, as the purpose of this instrument is to reduce pulsations. Every 50 hours of work you should check the air load inside and if necessary reset pressure by means of a pump.




rumore eccessivoIf the pump starts becoming noisy, check the oil level immediately, if it has decreased it means that the suction line is clogged.
Just inspect the suction line (especially the filter) and remove any obstruction.




consumo eccessivo di olio

If excessive oil consumption is associated with a milky color (of same) it is very likely that one or more diaphragms are broken or damaged.
The diaphragms separate the pumping chamber from the transmission, preventing the pumped fluid from coming into contact with the mechanical parts and the oil; when the diaphragm breaks, the fluid filters in the oil making it milky.
At this point it is important to replace all diaphragms and oil to avoid major damage.

Let's now consider the damage that can occur to the diaphragms: in case of breakage of a diaphragm it is important to identify the cause and act to prevent its recurrence.