Recognize When It's Time To Replace Your Sump Pump

Posted on: 6 July 2016

When it comes to sump pumps, the most important thing to remember is that they don't last forever. Whether the unit simply dies or it is no longer equipped to meet your needs, there comes a point when you will need to replace your sump pump. Make sure you know how to recognize the signs that indicate it's time for a replacement.

Longer Operation

One sign that you need to replace your sump pump is a longer operating time. If you've had your pump for an extended period, you probably have a general idea of how long it typically stays on. When it's running longer than normal – this is something to focus on. One of the most common reasons for a longer operation is a volume of water that is too large for the sump pump.

For example, if when you first purchased the sump pump you only had three bathrooms in your home, but have upgraded to five bathrooms over the years, this increases the load on the sump pump. Typically, whenever you make these types of upgrades, you also need to upgrade your sump pump.

Increased Noise

Another indication that it might be time to replace your sump pump is an increase in noise when the pump is operating. A pump in good condition should be almost silent. The only thing you should hear is a subtle sound from the motor. If the motor is excessively loud or if you hear a banging or knocking noise, this generally means there is an issue with the fan.

The fan is responsible for pulling the water into the pump. As it starts to fail, its impellers will struggle to rotate, leading to the sounds you hear. When the fan fails, the unit basically becomes inoperable.  

Powers On And Off Unexpectedly

An obvious sign that it's time to replace the sump pump is when it just randomly powers on and off. All sump pumps have a float switch that basically tells the sump pump what to do. For instance, when the water level reaches a certain point on the switch, the system will power on.

An indication that the float switch has failed is a pump that seems to randomly turn on and off in a repeat cycle. This is primarily a problem because if the pump doesn't turn on when it needs to, you could end up with a backup. When the float switch has failed, it's time to replace.

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