Simer is known for having something for everyone. Learn the various options available so you can make the best pumps selection for your water pumping needs. Their options include warranty period, power cord length, housing and base material, float switch type, horse power, pump performance, size and weight. Review the specification comparisons below decide which features are most important. Then check out the discount prices for the Simer model.
The three switch types are the tether float switch, the vertical float switch and the IntelliShield Electronic Switch.
The tether float switch requires the most basin room; however it also has a greater distance between motor ON and OFF which means it pumps more water during one cycle. The tether float switch ON and OFF distance differential is approximately 8 inches. The vertical float switch ON and OFF distance differential is approximately 5 inches. In an 18-inch diameter pit that would be a difference of 3 gallons pumped per cycle.
Both the tether and vertical switches are triggered by the floats raising and lowering as the increases and decreases in the basin.
The IntelliShield Electronic Switch is found only on the 3989. An electronic switch can be very effective since it requires no moving parts and very little basin diameter; however the design of the Simer IntelliShield has proven unreliable as of 2018. The most reliable electronic switch controller sold to date as of 2018 is the HC6000. We installed it in 2011 and have had no failures yet. This is a truly remarkable switch. In fact, the HC6000 could be used with any of the Simer pumps that have a piggy back plug. Learn more about how the electronic switch HC6000 can be used with a Simer pump.
Simer offers four housing materials: cast iron, stainless steel, zinc and theormoplastic.
Cast iron is the best housing and base material. It has the following advantages: adds weight to keep the pump more stable during heavy, continuous pumping; dissipates motor heat well; will not warp, easily crack or bend; is stronger than metals such as zinc, stainless steel and thermoplastic.
Stainless steel is second to cast iron. The advantages of stainless steel over thermoplastic is that it dissipates heat better; is stronger and will not wrap, crack or bend as easily.
Zinc is third to cast iron. Zinc dissipates heat better than thermoplastic, is stronger and will not wrap, crack or bend as easily.
Thermoplastic is the least strong and durable. With motor heat over time it will warp, crack and bend.
The Simer sump pumps offer five horse power options: one-quarter (¼), one-third (1/3), one-half ( ½), three-quarters (¾ ) and one (1) horse power. The greater the HP, the greater the pumping performance curve.
Warranty period reviews reveal Simer provides more options than most sump pump manufacturers with their four warranty period options: 1 year, 2 year, 3 year and 5 year warranties.
Simer Pumps provides a pump performance curve for each sump pump. The performance curve indicates how much water each model can pump in an hour (sometimes the manufacture provides the measurement in minutes) up a defined vertical height. Obviously the higher the vertical height, the less water can be pumped per hour because of negative friction.
Use caution when comparing Simers performance curves to Zoeller, Liberty or Wayne pumps. Simer only includes the vertical height and does not consider the negative friction that check valves and elbows cause. Their negative can require the addition of three feet to the total vertical height of the discharge pipe from the pump port to the final horizontal pipe which carries the water to its final destination.
For the Simer pump performance curve to be useful, know what the vertical height of your sump pump systems is. If you have one check valve and 2 or 3 elbows add an additional 3 feet. Take your measurement and find where it fits on the chart. This will tell you how much water the model being considered is expected to pump.
If you are looking to purchase a pump with more capability, know how to calculate how much water enters the basin during a heavy continuous rainstorm. If you have an 18-inch diameter basin, the distance between the ON and OFF point for the float switch is 5 inches, the pump runs every 5 seconds, and the vertical height is 7-feet plus 3 feet for check valve and elbows, you will need install a pump that can handle at least 60 gallons per minute or 3600 gallons per hour.
Based on the pump performance curve provided for each pump at a vertical height of 10-feet, here is what each model should be capable of pumping:
The standard power cord length is 8 feet. The Professional Grade Models 5950, 5955 and 5975 have a 10 foot power cord.
Many of the Simer-pumps have a small foot print in the basin. Be sure to measure the horizontal and vertical room in your basin before reviewing the width and height of the following so you can focus only on those that will fit your pit.
The weight of the sump-pump is related to the housing material used. The heavier the pump the more stable it will be in the pit with less chance for the float to get stuck on the basin wall.
Simer sump pumps offer many specification options. Before buying a new pump, identify the housing, HP, GPH, dimensions and pump performance curve or your existing pump system. Is your existing system adequate? Identify why you are or are not satisfied with your existing system. Then look for a Simer pump that fits your needs. The above detailed specifications by model will help you to select the best sump pump for your water pumping needs.
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