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Old 02-03-2016, 10:36 PM   #1
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About 5 years ago I had an outfit come in and put in a basement perimeter drain system with a new sump pump and backup. I just had a second incident with the sensor switch. In this latest case it did not shut off the pump. Luckily I got to the pump before it burnt out but my wife said it was probably on for about 1/2 hr. 2 years ago the switch was really short cycling badly. I thoroughly cleaned the exterior of the switch and it began to work properly until this last incident. I again cleaned the exterior and waited for the pump to cool down and it again appears to be working properly. At this point I'm not very confidant with this switch and am looking to change it out, but new solid state switches are expensive and for the money they want, they don't seem very reliable. The older mechanical switches seemed to be more reliable in my experience and less costly. The thing is the new pit they put in is smaller and square compared to my old round one and with a backup in there, there is not enough room for the typical replacement float switch to operate without getting hung up. Can anyone direct me to a more compact replacement mechanical float switch. Thanks for any help
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you can try a pedestal pump, the float travels straight up and down within the foot print of the pump base..http://www.amazon.com/Zoeller-84-000...=pedestal+pump
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you can try a pedestal pump, the float travels straight up and down within the foot print of the pump base..http://www.amazon.com/Zoeller-84-000...=pedestal+pump
Thanks SRD, I was thinking a pump replacement as an alternative, but was hoping at this time to just replace the switch.
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It would help if you post the make and model number of your pump. But you got 5 years with no problems I would suggest just buying a replacement switch if you can from the manufacturer.
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Thanks SRD, I was thinking a pump replacement as an alternative, but was hoping at this time to just replace the switch.
for the price of that switch you can almost pay for a new pedestal pump and have brand new pump and switch...
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for the price of that switch you can almost pay for a new pedestal pump and have brand new pump and switch...
SRD is correct. That switch is ridiculously expensive and for the problems it's given me over the 5 years, it's not worth the money. I continue to see claims about these electronic field switches being indestructable but not in my case. The cleaning last night lasted throughout the night. This afternoon the switch had the pump running dry again!
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