When you take your pump heads apart once a year or two for a deep clean, check the thrust washer too (the little white Teflon washer on the pic). They usually need to be replaced every few years, and it's not uncommon for them to be completely missing due to wear. You’ll know it’s time if the pump is noisier and/or makes rattling noises. They’re cheap to replace and work in both Chugger and March pumps (though in a Chugger they're not a perfect fit I'm told).
- While I've only ever replaced these with the 'official' March pump part, many have had great success with this part from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2EcqeZL (Works out to a lot less per washer, but unless you're splitting with friends 50 is more than anyone's ever going to need)
- Chugger also uses a second (much larger) washer that sits inside the impeller housing. This larger washer is difficult to find other than in a complete Chugger repair kit as seen here: http://amzn.to/2GqsIEu
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Link Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:22 pm Post subject:
Thanks for the heads up. Like everyone else who follows this site, I rushed right out to the brewery, disassembled both pumps and discovered that neither had a thrust washer. I immediately clicked over to the AiH website (using the provided link) where I discovered that a bunch of other folks beat me to the available inventory. The good folks there tell me:
These are temporarily out of stock on the site until we recevie more in from the vendor. Our shipments from them normally are in stock within 1-2 weeks but I dont have a current ETA at this time. They will be relisted for sale on the site once we have stock on hand for processing.
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