There are a wide variety of pump switches and they can vary from the manufacture of different types of pump equipment. All pumps will come with a pump switch. Some are attached hard wired directly to the pump, while some are modular or separate.
Unfortunately a switch that is hard wired directly to the pump would be considered “short term” equipment, Due to the switch is commonly the first thing to go defective relative to its activity and amount of use.
You would then be forced to dispose of the pump because of a poor switch!
A switch that is separate can simply be replaced when it has gone bad.
The switch life can vary depending on pit conditions, water activity and severity of use.
When replacing your switch, there are many switching options:
1. A "piggy back" pressure diaphragm switch
This switch is referred to as “piggy back” because the electric plugs ride inside or piggyback each other at the wall outlet, and the body of the switch is secured adjacent to the pump in the pit basin. It is constructed of a plastic frame body with a rubber diaphragm inside that registers the pit basin pressure then activates the pump when necessary. Unfortunately because these mechanics and the conditions of being submersed this switch becomes temperamental or faulty and has a shortened life cycle as the rubber diaphragm age
2. A wide angle swing switch or “tether float switch”
This switch simply floats along the water line until the cord secured to the pump body has drawn tight allowing the float to ride up and engage a contact point inside to activate the pump. Then it will descend as the water is discharged from the pit basin and disengage as necessary
***It is important to allow this switch enough room in the pit basin to operate up and down easily as it can get held up or down in restricted pit environments***
3. A vertical switch
This switch is simple in its design, which consists of a stationary ball that rides up and down on a permanent fixed rod adjacent to the pump. They can be found in a modular application and a lot of pump manufactures use this switch in their hard-wired design.
4. Air switch
With this switch, a lot of the mechanics are avoided and a simple contact point activates the pump when necessary. In most cases, this switch is located in the interior of the pump or affixed to it in some fashion. There are some manufactures that produce an exterior style switch.
Although there are many other switches available than what is listed above, we have mentioned these since they are the most common switches that are currently used in most pump applications.
Until recently, all switches have relied on mechanical parts to activate. Now with modern technology, the switch industry has changed. The above mentioned are part of the past…
We are proud to offer the new Digital level ion processing switch.
It uses no mechanical parts and relies on a processing technology that is steadily tested and has been proven to be superior in all pump applications.
Available in multiple differential ranges for ejector pit applications and standard rain pit basin conditions.
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