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Old 03-14-2016, 10:03 PM   #16
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Re: Zoeller sump pump repair

Thanks everybody, appreciate it. :-)
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Old 03-15-2016, 05:55 AM   #17
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Re: Zoeller sump pump repair

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Yeah, I think you're right and I'm going to do that - but not right now because I need a lawn mower more than I need a shiny new pump at the moment, that's why I'm trying to just fix this one for now...

When I do, is it worth it to splurge on the next model up (M98)? I think it's 1/2 HP vs 1/3 HP (which is what I have right now). Since our sump never fills very fast I'm thinking maybe another M53 might be enough... but I'm wondering if I should also get an actual radon cover? A contractor installed a radon mitigation system for the previous owner and sealed the sump with a plexiglas cover with opening for the pipes. It works I guess, but it makes servicing the pump a total pain because I have to remove all the silicone sealant every time, then replace the silicone, etc...
Getting a bigger pump is not always a good idea. These pumps are designed to run. If short cycled enough they will burn out a lot quicker. Think of it as a rubber band. You stretch it out for longer periods of time and release. But if you are constantly stretching it out repetitively and quickly it wears out quicker.
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