Our battery backup sump pump worked OK for almost 11 years: ran every
time I pressed the "Test" button -- until the day before we were leaving
on vacation early the next morning. The battery was replaced 3 or 4
years ago (by a sealed one) and shows "charged."
I don't recall the make (and I'm still away from home), but it came from
Lowe's and the pump itself looks like the "Wayne" ones I see online at
I don't want to buy the whole package (including charger, battery box,
and control unit) if I can help it. Any idea where I might be able to
buy the pump (or a compatible one) on its own? (I am guessing that
trying to repair the existing pump or buying a replacement from, e.g.,
Wayne would cost near enough as much as a whole new complete package.)
I replaced the battery in our car at about 7 years only because winter
was approaching and I didn't want to risk it being unable to crank the
motor in cold weather. It gave no sign of being near the end of its life.
IAC, the "whole package" for most brands of battery-backup sump pump
does not include the battery.
On Monday, November 10, 2014 1:16:49 AM UTC-5, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
If you get your drinking water from the town, and not your own well pump, get a Zoeller water powered backup pump. I have one, it saved me during Superstorm Sandy. No batteries to maintain or woory about.
On 11/09/2014 08:19 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
Having now returned from vacation, I have ascertained that the pump
works fine when I simulate a high water level by lifting the float, but
neither the "Test" button nor the "Reset" button works (the latter to
cancel the alarm). I'll have to get at the innards of the controller to
see if I can find the fault.
No markings on the unit to indicate the make.
Looks like the "Little Giant" that I see listed on eBay, but it's
different from the ones I see listed elsewhere online. I am guessing
that the one on eBay, although described as "New," is an old model -- as
mine would be too.
On Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:47:30 -0500, "Percival P. Cassidy"
If you ever do need a pump, in this case I thought you really needed a
motor. and most cities have a motor store. Baltimore has 2 that I know
of, but the first one I went to didnt' seem to have anything I might
want. The second one has almost everything I want (except the motor
for that 60 year old fan) Bring the old motor with you, even if it's
still attached to the pump.
That's a specail feature that only works the night before a vacation.
But don't worry. If you turned off the water, you won't need a sump
What brand was the whole thing. I'm thining of getting one.
I opened up the controller and could see nothing obviously wrong: no
"cooked" components. Since my eyesight isn't as good as it used to be, I
decided not to mess with the printed-circuit board but simply get a new
backup-pump package. I decided against the "Basement Watchdog" line, as
they are designed for use only with their own "wet" batteries and
explicitly warn against using maintenance-free batteries. I also found
that the 120V pump was only a 1/4HP Water Ace -- and now also 11 years
old -- so I decided to replace that as well, and by something with more
"oomph." Menards (Wisconsin-based chain) sells "Barracuda" sump pumps
(made by Decko Products), including a whole package of preassembled
1/2HP 120V pump and battery-backup pump with a controller and charger
designed for maintenance-free batteries. BUT that combination is too
wide for our sump pit.
To cut a long story short, I ended up with a 3/4HP 120V UtiliTech pump
(made by Glentronics) from Lowe's and a battery-backup system from Menards.
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