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Sump pump float adjustment

How far above the drain tile should the water level be before the sump pump turns on?

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    I had a similar problem with my sump pump in Edmonton, but got it resolved relatively easily, thank goodness. Hope it works out for you as well!


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This really depends entirely on you. the higher the water level the less frequently it will run. most motors use more power to start than they do to run so starting less should save you money.

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Hotpoint Built-In Dishwasher HDA3600DWWmy dish

there is an electronic solenoid near where the drainhose connects to the sump that changes the waterflow direction from recirculate(washing), to evacuate (draining). this is electronically controlled by the timer. you can test the power leads at the solenoid for voltage when it sould be draining. if none then the timer is faulty. if there is voltage then the solenoid is faulty. if the solenoid is engageing, then the water diverter is faulty. if the water diverter is broken, replace the dishwasher.
overflowing is another problem of its own. the water level float/ sensor is not working and could be caked with detergent. work the float from the inside of the dishwasher, it should move freely. if so, then there is a switch connected to the float on the underside. test it with an ohmmeter. if bad replace it. if it is an electronically timed water level control then it could be a problem with the timer as well, but with hotpoint they are usually manual.

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How can I tell if a WM48 Zoeller Sump pump is operational. It appears the water level is over the float.

Depending on the sensitivity of the float switch you may find that the float must be completely upside-down for the pump to turn on. The easiest way to check if the pump works is grab the float by hand and hold it in the inverted position - if your pump kicks in and starts pumping you know the pump itself works and you may want to adjust your float (I use tie-straps around the handle and around the float cord to artificially shorten the float). If your pump does not pump water when the float is inverted try shaking the float to see if the inner switch is stuck. Hope that helps.

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How can I adjust the float?

You can't adjust the flost on those pumps... there is a magnetic switch that turns the pump on when the float gets to the top...

The only way to adjust the water level is to adjust the hieght of the whole pump...


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Water keeps overflowing over the ice making coils

Do you mean that it is overflowing the sump tray into the bin? If so there are two things to check. First make sure the unit is level. Second their is a simple water float valve much like an old toilet float that keeps the sump full. Turn the machine off and make sure that the float will stop the water flow 100% when the sump water level is just over the bottom of the water pump impeller. If the float will not stop the water flow either the water pressure is too high or the float valve is bad and has to be replaced. In general water pressure should be between 20-40 psi.

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The high level water alarm intermittently beeps and the pump starts and stops several times before clearing out the water

On the controls to the pump there is a float, or 2 floats that control wheather the pump is on, or off. I don't know wheather this one has one float or 2 so i will give a short explanation for either fix.

Little giant usually has 1 float on a length of cord, or 1 float with a rigid frame that it goes inside, or has a guide rod. No matter which system is employed there is a built in dead band for the interval between when the pump turns on at a high level, and when it shuts off at a low level. If the float is on a rod, or in a cage it needs to be able to move freely. There is a method to control the turn on height, and the turn off height with some little clamps that connect to the switch. So when the liquid level gets high the pump turns on, and then when the liquid level gets to the lower limit the pump automatically shuts off. If these little keepers are right near the top of the float, and right near the bottom of the float then as soon as the pump turns on the liquid level drops just a bit, and the dead band is real small, so it just shuts right off. the liquid flows backward through the pump and then it turns back on, ect... If this is the case move the adjustments that surround the float. Presto.

If it has a little float on a cord then the adjustment for the level needs to be secured to the discharge pipe or something. It has a mercury switch inside the float to turn it on, and probably another to turn it back off when the float goes to a desired level just above the suction at the base of the pump. I would use black zip tie's to hold the cord so that the desired "turn on the pump level", and the propper "turn off the pump level" are what you want. Just hold the cord against the discharge pipe so that the float is above the suction opening to the pump, and the strait up level of the float are what you want.

If it has 2 floats on cords then one of the floats will turn the pump on if both are held upright by the liquid level. This float must be the top float that is mounted on the discharge pipe. If the 2 floats are mounted in the reverse position then the pump will cycle quickly. There will be a nearly nonexisting dead band. Both will be upright but the control circuit will shut the pump off when the top float, which should be on the bottom, lowers even slightly. Use the same method as perscribed above to attach the floats. The one that belongs on the bottom, the one that turns the pump off, should be placed so that the pump will shut off before it tries to pump air. the top float will turn the pump on if it and the lower float are both upright.


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Pumb only pumps a small amount out of the basin. Float needs adjusting to go all the way down and empty the basin. How do you adjust the float/bulb to travel farther down without shutting off after only a...

Flotec website shows several submersible sump pumps, and pump types:

Click product, then click on 'parts and literature' to access manual
Here is a Flotec manual:

Manual for this type of sump pump says:
Quote from manual: Automatic float switch is sealed and factory adjusted for
most home sumps. Turn-on water level is 10" - 12" above
pump base. Turn-off water level is 4" - 6".

The manual also says that running the pump when dry will ruin the seals.
This implies that the water level setting is set so the seals will not be damaged

You might be able to dig the sump deeper, but I don't know if that meets your objective.

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Just purchased a home with water ace sump pump.

That's the idea; if you lift the float the water starts pumping because it works off of that float. That type of pump is usually meant for water that is in a tub or bucket, so that when the water reaches a certain height and causes the float to rise allowing the pump to kick on. I use a pump like that to pump our the drained water from my washing machine in my basement, i let the water go into a big 50 gallon drum and then once the drum is half full i have it set so the float rises and pumps out the water. That being said, if you are putting this in your basement at floor level, you would need to get a 10 gallon bucket meant for sump pumps (you can get one at your local home store) and rent a jackhammer if your basement is concrete and put the bucket in the floor and the sump pump in the bucket, this is called a sump pit. Another option is to get whats often called a "floor ******" pump. Its a pump that sucks the water out when it reaches around a half inch of depth and it can be used in several feet of water (I've used these as well, there is no float involved), and it can be set on level ground there is no sump pit needed. The one thing with my pump you may not want, is that it's constantly running because its constantly monitoring for water so that a lot of water will not build up (especially if water can damage some thing in the surrounding area) . You can check out all the types at your local home store.

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