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Saniflow system motor pump sometimes not work

The motor only goes round if i give it a little push with pipe when the water is at fill level

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The pump is either bound up with lots of friction. ( Check with the motor off if the pump is easy to turn by hand, not with a lever. If you can turn it at all by hand it is not bound up.

The the problem is electrical. If this is a 220V pump, check to see that both circuit braeakers are ok. If so, call a service man familiar with the pump to further check the starter if equipped and the motor.

Good luck

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