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Old 09-25-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default March Pump Head Orientation

Hey guys I am in the process of putting together my single tier HERMS system and am now mounting the March pumps. The question I have is there a rule or optimal position on which way the pump heads should be orientated?

What I want to do is keep the pumps close together on the lower level and cover them with some type of shield. If I leave the pump heads horizontal the pumps tend to be to far apart to cover with one shield due to clearence needed for the fittings.

Anyway let me know if there is a hard fast rule which says I need to mount the inlet and out horizontal or can they be verticle. Also would there be any priming issues with either orientation?
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.

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You can also remove the heads and mount the pumps however you want, then reattach the pump head. Since it's magnetically coupled, it mounts fairly easy.

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Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.
I've had the exact opposite experience. Left, Right works a lot better for me than up, down.
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Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.
I also have my pump mounted this way and have had no problems with priming, it's also easy to drain having it vertically mounted.
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In the manual that comes with the pump, they suggest a very specific orientation. I bet it would help if I remembered what that was, but I don't. Google knows!

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Left Right with the in and out on the bottom works best for me

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Old 09-25-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
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Left Right with the in and out on the bottom works best for me
Really? That should be the configuration that is hardest to prime!
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Mine is oriented In-up, out-down. I do not use a bleeder valve or other quick fix and I have never had an issue with prime.

Air will always seek the highest point, water the lowest.

As long as the vessel you are pumping from is higher then the pump it will have no issues. All you have to do is open the valve on what you are pumping from and if applicable the one you are pumping to, wait 5 seconds and turn on the pump.

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