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Frequently Asked Questions - Separators

Q: How can I tell if a Wingert Separator will work on my system?

A: Put a sample of the fluid you want filtered in a clear bottle. Shake/stir the contents and let stand. What settles to the bottom in the first 30-45 seconds can be removed by a separator.

Q: I already have a chemical treatment program, why do I need a J.L. Wingert separator?

A: J.L. Wingert Separators remove solids from your system, chemicals do not. The chemical treatment reduces corrosion and attempts to keep solids in suspension. As solids increase in the concentration, they require more chemical treatment. Since the J.L. Wingert Separator removes these solids, you will use less chemical which results in a lower costs and a cleaner system.

Q: How much fluid is lost when the J.L. Wingert Separator is purged?

A: The purge length and frequency depends on how dirty the system is. On an average, the purge length is 3-5 seconds every 6 hours on an open system, and once daily on a closed system. The water loss is 1% to 3% of the separator gpm. Once again, keep in mind that the dirtier the system the more frequent and/or longer the purge cycle will need to be.

Q: How is a J.L. Wingert Separator installed?

A: J.L. Wingert Separators are generally installed after the system pump and before the equipment. If this is not possible, J.L. Wingert offers other styles of installation options that will accommodate your needs.

Q: Why do I want a J.L. Wingert Separator instead of an inline strainer?

A: J.L. Wingert separators are more efficient than strainers. A Wingert Separator removes 45 micron particles, whereas the minimum particle size that an in-line strainer can remove is 10 times larger. The strainer requires a person to clean it, the separator can be automated. A dirty strainer reduces or even stops the flow, a separator does not.

Q: How can I lose no water when the Wingert Separator purges?

A: J.L. Wingert offers a zero-discharge recovery system. A complete factory plumbed system capable of zero discharge is available, either with the separator or as part of a skidded system.

Q: Why do I want a J.L. Wingert Separator for my closed-loop system?

A: All closed-loop systems rust. In time these rust and scale particles cause problems with the equipment. Wingert Separators will remove the particles that cause these problems extending the life of both the system and it's equipment.

Q: My system and equipment are new. Why do I need a Wingert Separator?

A: An open system picks up dirt and debris from the air. All systems generate the buildup of limescale caused by evaporation or temperature, and constantly increasing total dissolved solids. J.L. Wingert Separators and separator systems can remove these products before they become a problem for you. In closed-systems that are new, there is frequently debris from construction in the lines. This too can usually be removed. As time passes, the iron products in the system will rust, flake and cause problems. The Wingert Separator can prevent these issues. J.L. Wingert separators can eliminate sediments before they become a problem.

These tips are provided as a courtesy to our customers. J.L. Wingert Company makes no guarantee and assumes no obligation or liability for the information contained therein.
J.L. Wingert Representatives can assist you with the selection of equipment best suited to your specific needs. Contact our customer service department by e-mail at or call us Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST at (714) 379-5519, or fax us at (714) 379-5549.

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