Frequently Asked Questions
Ranging from mild to extreme occasions, water presence can generate some or all of the following problems: filter soaking, cease of engine operation, breakdown of the distribution pumps, piston rods, crankshaft, cylinder heads and engine.
Modern engines are even more susceptible to water problems, due to the extremely water-sensitive nature of fuel injectors.
Your engine will misfire, perform badly, and if unnoticed/ ignored will stop completely. Any damage could be slight or catastrophic. If you are working with externally installed filters/ water-traps, you may notice water in the container.
Apart from peripheral components, the resulting repairs could involve the complete change or major overhaul of an engine. If you add the inconvenience, high downtime and possible property and life threatening situations generated, it really begins to sound serious.
• Through poorly sealing caps on storage tanks. Inspect caps regularly to ensure that they are fitted securely and that the seals have not broken or perished.
• Through tank leaks. If water continually appears in the fuel even with the above precaution, inspect the tanks for cracks or perform a pressure test to find out if the tank has a hole which is allowing water to enter.
• From condensation. This is a problem we have to live with. It will always occur as the tank breathes and will be greatest during summer and in humid areas.
• From a gas station. Rarely, fuel may be contaminated with water as early as filling up. Said issue usually derives from a lack of precautionary measures taken from the gas station’s side.
Prevention is the best cure in this case.
Having thoroughly examined the cases of problems generated by contaminated fuel, over 70% of engine malfunctions/ breakdowns, as well as numerous problems correlated with the fuel distribution channel, derive from water.
Overwhelmed with selecting between conventional water separators and filters that only offer a relative amount of protection against water, it was clearly evident that an alternative approach to address water infestation was needed.
The Water Warning System product line is a series of products designed to protect your engine from water in fuel infestation.
Through patented, specialized diagnostic software and sensors, water detection can be achieved at specified levels of water concentration in fuel that are yet safe for your engine. Upon a fixed percentage of water accumulation, the Water Warning System emits audio signals through beeper, thus actively notifying of water infestation.
Draining the trapped water is only matter of a couple of minutes, by following a simple procedure. Turn the engine off, open the drain valve located at the bottom of the Water Warning System container to release the trapped water, and continue cruising with no further ado.
A Water Warning System comes in different models, ranging in compatibility based on the engine and fuel application in hand.
The best time for you to know that there is water in fuel is the earliest possible. Since we recommend installing the Water Warning System just after the fuel outlet from the fuel tank, you can rest assured that the most prompt warning possible will be achieved.
High volumes of fuel flow commonly found on most modern engines can render simple water traps and filters ineffective. In a very possible water leak towards the engine, the effects can be catastrophic and even more so if we add user discomfort as a factor. For example, a common user can have his vacations ruined, or a professional will be forced to keep his boat out of commission for a long period of time, depriving him of his daily income.
We do suggest using filter systems; however their maintenance requirements are often hard to perceive or understand. When water enters these filter systems, the filter element will soak in it and need urgent replacement. Conventional filtering systems are not usually directly visible to the user, their condition frequently passing undetected, which could therefore lead in particle and water contamination of the engine, subsequently inflicting damage to the pumps, injectors and the engine itself, something proven to be especially expensive. Statistics have shown that only a small percentage of users are always in a state of vigilance with their fuel filters. However, the Water Warning System offers detection and warning in real time, without a mandatory need of a filter.
Additionally, since the new G3 model is specifically designed to work in synergy with spin-on fuel filters, there is a high chance that it fits yours!
The Water Warning System product line’s ultimate goal equates to its motto: “Prevents your engine from playing fast and loose”. The Systems were designed to protect your engine from water mishaps, whilst retaining a virtually seamless fuel flow, thus extending the life-expectancy of your fuel pump and adding no further burdens to the general fuel distribution channel.
In that sense, whichever of the models you choose, we guarantee that your fuel flow will remain stable and unalterable.
We do not consider implementing a pro-filtration method for the WWS S1-200. Certainly, there is reason to be found behind our decision.
Following after a certain philosophy, every model was created to provide with the highest possible performance to cost ratio.
The WWS S1-200 model is suitable for lower horsepower engines, where dirt particle infestation can easily be handled by the engine’s built in filter. Additionally, since lower horsepower equal to lower fuel flow rates, masses of dirt tend to gather at the bottom of the S1-200 water-trap and can easily be drained through the specialized extraction valve.
The Water Warning System comes with a 2-year warranty. Its actual lifespan, though, can exceed this typicality. Having been constructed from high quality materials and designed to last in time, the Water Warning System can withstand a lifetime of operation, given that it receives proper maintenance.
There is virtually no maintenance cost. As a Water Warning System user all you have to do is lubricate the metal valves from time to time and clean the water trap’s container and filter, upon accumulation of particles. The philosophy behind developing this system is user-relief from further expenses by offering a product characterized by quality, time resistance and no annual consumables.
Even for a less knowledgeable individual, installing a Water Warning System is a fairly easy thing to do. All it needs is a connection between the tank and the rest of the fuel line leading to the engine, as well as power feeding through a battery (or switch). From there on, you can mount it to the most convenient space available on your boat, so that in case of positive water detection you can easily reach it to follow up with the draining procedure.
Given that these twin engines are fed from two separate fuel tanks, you will have to install TWO Water Warning System units (each after a corresponding fuel tank) to achieve detection on both fuel sources.