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ZOELLER M53 SUMP PUMP SWITCH
The Zoeller M53 Sump Pump switch 7 features support the reason home owners and plumbers call it a best seller best rated sump pump. Learn more about the switch seven features.
Seven Features Comprise The Zoeller M53 Pump Switch
Understanding the features of the pump switch helps to identify why it is a valued switch type. Not all switch types provide the features a Zoeller switch provides. Becoming familiar with the 7 features will help you know how to evaluate a pump switch.
The Seven Float Switch Features
Zoeller sump pumps have seven features to support their dependable operation of the float switch. These features protect against false signals, float hang up and sinking. Keep these protective features in mind as you review the key 7 switch features. .
1. A Vertical Switch
The vertical float switch is a key feature because it determines and limits the amount of movement of the float within the basin. The Zoeller switch moves up and down rather than out horizontally like a tether float. This ensures the size of pit can be smaller and that the float will not get caught on the basin side.
The Zoeller M53 switch is simply activated and shut off by the raising and lowering of basin water which opens and closes the circuit as the float moves slightly. The switch it not operated by a controller or electronic circuitry relays.
The M53 and all Zoeller sump pumps are 2-poled. This eliminates a false reading. Both poles are isolated from electricity. Before the switch will activate the pump, both the top and the bottom pole must activate the switch. the bottom switch sends the signal first. This results in more dependable on and off operation.
Slight Float Movement
The float does not move up to the top of the float pole and engage the switch.
In fact the float moves ever so slightly before the switch is activated. This means the float will not get caught in the on position like some competitor vertical switches do.
Zoeller floats are solid buoyant, polypropylene which means that a puncture will not cause it to fill with water, sink to the bottom and fail to raise enough to trigger the switch on.
Sealed Cast Iron Cap
The switch is tightly sealed within a cast iron cap which sits above the housing. The neoprene gasket which fits between the switch cap and housing ensures a watertight seal to prevent water or moisture from affecting the electrical current and causing switch failure.
Strong Stainless Steel Guard
The float switch is protected by a remarkably strong, rust proof steel guard. The protection provided makes it impossible for the float to get caught on the side of the basin.
DO THE 7 GOOD FEATURES MEAN THE SWITCH NEEDS NO MAINTENANCE?
Absolutely no. Regardless of what brand you buy including Wayne Pumps, Basement Watchdog, Liberty Pumps, Flotec, Simer and others, the float switch mechanism will require replacement after 2 - 4 years depending upon how frequently the pump runs. The key to keeping the M53 operational for a long time, is replacing the float switch periodically.
The smart home owner accepts the fact that maintenance will be required. The smart home owner also keeps an extra switch on hand just in case float switch failure occurs duriing a heavy rainstorm.
Thanks to the internet, many home owners are learning how to replace the float switch themselves. Replacing the Switch is easy. Here are the basic steps for replacing a Zoeller Float Switch. A video is also provided for additional support. Try it! You will be glad you did.
NEW OPTION AVAILABLE REQUIRING LESS MAINTENANCE
Pump engineers continue to investigate other switch options. The most recent development is the Electronic Switch. Two brands have proven to be very successful - LevelGuard and Hydrocheck. We installed the Hydrocheck HC6000 in 2011 and have not replaced it yet even though it is used a lot because we live in a flood plain.
Since the mechanical float switch does required maintenance, we suggest you learn more about the HydroCheck HC6000 and HC8000 as well as the LevelGuard. Even if your existing sump pump has an operating float you can install the new float switch type. Learn more about the HC6000 and HC8000 and LevelGuard.
Watch M53 Switch Replacement
Watching someone perform a switch replacement is an easy way to gain confidence and know how so that you will be able to replace your own switch.