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Old 03-27-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Sump pump won't shut off!

Hey guys I woke up tonight "I work overnights" to my sump pump running constant. I went and checked the hose and it's clear of blockages. I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it didnt help. I had to hurry off to work so I left it unplugged.

So my question is... Is the float switch bad? Should I just replace the pump? How much do they cost to replace them myself? Should I have the company who installed it come and fix/replace it? The pump and pit were installed eight years ago. I'm at work right now so my hands are tied until the morning.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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Usual cause is a stuck float / float switch.

Depending on the pump design that can be a quick fix or a scrapping failure.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:24 PM   #3
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usually this failure constitutes scrapping the unit. I built a tract of homes in Ohio a few years ago and in the first year we had multiple STEVENS with problems where the pumps would stick and stay on. The installing plumber simply replaced the units.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:24 AM   #4
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So I can replace this with a home depot/menards type of sump pump?
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:48 AM   #5
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Default Re: Sump pump won't shut off!

ive got a sump pump from lowes 1/2 hp and it has been good for two years now..try un plugin the switch before you buy..see if that makes it stop..
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I'm just glad it's not raining out. Otherwise I would be in trouble with it being unplugged and me being at work. I will try and dive into it after I get off of work.
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I'd venture to guess the float is stuck.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:25 AM   #8
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You can buy a float that will work at home depot. I do not know what kind of float is on your existing unit. They have the one that is tethered by the cord, plugs in to the wall and then the pump plugs into it.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:46 AM   #9
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If your pump gets a lot of use, I would replace it. If money is not too bad of a issue it is cheap assurance that it is new. You can save the old one for back up and it will give you time to repair. BUY NEW CHECK VALVE TOO ! These shit5y plastic ones fail . The inside flapper just breaks off the hinge point and lays in there. The pump can still move water most of the time. That's another $10.00.
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You can buy a float that will work at home depot. I do not know what kind of float is on your existing unit. They have the one that is tethered by the cord, plugs in to the wall and then the pump plugs into it.
We use these all the time at work. I just zip tie them to the urn where I want them to turn on and off
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Well guys I got it out of the pit. The float wasn't stuck. The pump is just stuck on somehow. Also there was water squirting out of this "weep" hole towards the bottom of the pump. I am just going to replace it.
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I recommend "Zoller" pumps. You can usually count on 7-12 years of life for these pumps before they need to be replaced.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #13
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I recommend "Zoller" pumps. You can usually count on 7-12 years of life for these pumps before they need to be replaced.
That's funny you say that. That's what my old pump is.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #14
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We have used all types of pumps in the vaults for the utility that I work for . By far the most trouble free unit have been the cast iron Hydromatics with the piggy back type mercury float switches. The last one that I put in my house lasted 18 years and I replaced it because of how bad it looked not because it had failed.
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That's funny you say that. That's what my old pump is.
You can buy a replacement switch for ~$24 that comes with a gasket. I replace mine about every 2-3 years. The contacts get worn out and eventually fail "on".

http://www.google.com/search?q=zoell...w=1408&bih=681

Assuming this is the type of pump you have.

Zoellers' cast iron pumps are worlds better than the junk usually sold at the big box stores.

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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Nearly every plumber I have talked to about sump pumps recommends Zoeller. They also recommend the model without a switch since the Zoeller switches are junk. You buy a separate float switch then you have a good setup. I don't understand why Zoeller does not make the switch as good as the rest of the pump.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #17
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I did replace it with another zoeller pump. It looked like the switch was bad but I decided to replace the hole unit. Since it was eight years old anyway. Only took me about ten minutes.
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Where did you buy the Zoeller pump from? And how much?
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