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Float doesn't activate sump pump

When i lift the float to activate the pump it doesn't start the pump. what do i have to look for to resolve the problem.

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  • John Higbee May 11, 2010

    First verify you've got power to the pump. Circuit breaker on? Power at outlet (or to where pump is hard-wired)? If so, problem is either with float switch or pump. Float switches fail more frequently than pumps, but with a sealed combination unit (which is what this one looks like) it's a moot point -- you'll probably have to replace the entire unit. If you can disassemble and get to the wiring between the switch and pump, you could connect the two switch wires together and see if the pump runs, but if you then put it back in service you'd likely have an electrocution hazard due to water leaking in where you disassembled. If/when you replace with new, you might consider a pump without a built-in switch, combined with a separate float switch, with both their cords running to the electrical outlet. That way you can replace either, without having to replace both.


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If you are placing a sump pump in a smaller, more confined area then yes. They both have their downfalls, and either can fail without notice. The ones that slide up and down the rod can get stuck or jammed, sometimes even due to build up on the rod. I tend to favor the genius switches, but either needs to be checked out periodically.

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The switch has failed. Replace it with a new mercury type rated to handle the pump.

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I have the same problem. It's not the float but the switch. My float goes up but not with enough pressure to flick the switch. I am trying to find a fix for this now.

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If I undrestand your description, when the resevoir is empty, the float lays on the bottom of the resevoir but, the pump doesn't shut off, after water is pumped out? You have to look at this as opposite of a toilet tank filling with water. In a toilet, the water rises and the foat turn the water flow off. In a sump the water will rise, and the float will turnthe pump on until the resevoir is empty, then it will open the system and turn off the pump. If the float doesn't rise, the resevoir will overflow and the pump won't come on at all. If the float rises and the pump comes on but, the float does "not" drop, the pump will continue to run after the resevoir is empty.
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It's most likely a fault with the control module or the drain pump. Please follow these instructions to detemine the likely cause of the fault and, therefore, what to do next:

1. Turn the programme selector to any wash cycle but don't press start.
2. Open the door and pull out the lower rack
3. If the washer is dry, pour roughly a pint of water into the sump in the bottom of the washer
4. Locate the float (the mushroom) and lift it . . .

When the float is fully lifted (about 3/4 of an inch) the drain pump should start and drain any water from the washer. This activates the anti-flood safety feature and the pump should continue to run as long as the float is lifted. The power supply to the drain pump bypasses the controller so this is the best way to determine if the drain pump is faulty.

If the water drains when you lift the float . . .

The drain pump is working but it's not receiving the signal to start from the controller during a wash cycle. It may be a wiring problem, but more likely that your control module will likely need to be repaired or replaced. These cost about £100 - if you replace it yourself.

If you can hear the pump humming but water does not drain when you lift the float . . .

There may be a blockage somewhere or the pump impeller may have jammed or broken away from the driveshaft. Try lifting and dropping the float rapidly about 10-20 times. Repeated stop/start signals to the pump motor can free a stuck impeller.

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There is either no power to the pump motor or, more likely, the pump motor has failed. You will need to test the motor to determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. You will need a Torx T20 screwdriver or screwdriver bit to remove the kickplate under the door and an ohm / multi-meter to test the motor.

The drain pump motor should give a resistance reading of between 110 and 260 ohms across the live/hot and neutral/common terminals if the motor is good. In most cases, the reading is about 160-170 ohms.

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I'm assuming the switch in Question is a Float-switch that is positioned in-line of the Power-supply to the Pump. The hinge that activates the switch inside the Float could be faulty. You can check it by connecting a dif-
ferent device to the plug, activate the switch
(Float upright) and deactivate (Float horizontal)
Mounting the switch with zip ties is a good
idea.The Float should be dangeling about 3"
above the Pumphead, thus keeping it submersed. Hope it helps.

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