UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should anyone enter the water while a De-Icer is operating.
The following maintenance procedures can be utilized to ensure many years of quality performance from your Kasco aerator and reduce the need for more costly repair work.
Proper installation of Kasco equipment will include a power source with ground fault interruption. Ground fault interrupters are a safety feature and can also alert you to electrical leaks in the equipment. If you have repeat, consistent trips on your ground fault the equipment should be disconnected and removed from the water. The power cord should be inspected for damage and you should call Kasco at 715-262-4488 for further instructions.
Operating equipment should be observed on a regular basis (daily, if possible) for any reduction of variation in performance. If a change in performance is observed, the equipment should be disconnected from power and inspected for any material that may have clogged the system or wrapped around the shaft of the motor, especially plastic bags and fishing line. These materials can be very damaging to the equipment under continued operation and must be removed as soon as possible.
De-Icers should be removed from the water at least once per year to clean the exterior of the system, especially the stainless steel motor housing (can). The motor housing is the surface that dissipates heat into the water and any algae buildup will become an insulator that blocks heat transfer. In warmer regions it is recommended that the motor is removed and cleaned at least two to three times per year depending on conditions. In most cases a power washer will be sufficient if the unit and algae are still wet.
This is a sealed motor assembly and seals will wear out over time (similar to break pads). Replacement of the seals and a change of oil every three years will help add longevity to the operation of the motor, saving you the cost of more expensive repairs.
A zinc anode is supplied on the shaft of all Kasco De-Icers for protection of the equipment from corrosion due to electrolysis. The zinc anode should be updated (replaced) if reduced to half of its original size or if white in color. Corrosion from electrolysis is more commonly associated with saltwater or brackish water, but as a matter of precaution it is important to periodically check the zinc anode in all installations (at least every two to three months). Learn more about corrosion protection.
Kasco Repair Services
Seal replacement and all other repair services should be performed by Kasco trained authorized repair facilities. Any alterations or changes made to our units by an unauthorized source will void the warranty. This includes tampering with the unit, power cord or control box. Please contact Kasco at 715-262-4488 for your nearest repair center.
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