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Flotec FPUS1860A utility sink pump won't stop running

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Hi,
Either the float is stuck or the float went bad...
give it a kick and make sure the float has dropped down and is not hung up...
If that don't work then unplug it and replace the float switch...

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Posted on Sep 17, 2010

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