Sump pumps are essential for any home or building situated in areas with a high water table or prone to flooding. A sump pump helps to ensure that your basement stays dry by removing any water that enters your basement. However, like any mechanical device, a sump pump can wear and become less efficient or malfunction over time.

Here are signs that it is time to replace your sump pump:

Your Sump Pump Makes Strange Noises

If your sump pump produces strange noises, it may be time to replace it. Any unusual sounds emanating from your sump pump could indicate various potential issues. Grinding or humming sounds could indicate that the motor is not running correctly or that the pump is clogged. Bearings or seals in a pump that make this noise may be worn and require replacement. If the pump is making a buzzing sound, the float switch could be broken, or the wiring could be incorrect. Replacement of the impeller due to a buzzing sound is another indication of impeller damage. If you notice any of these strange noises, call a professional for help.

Your Sump Pump Vibrates Excessively When Running

If your sump pump is vibrating excessively when running, it’s likely time for a replacement. Excessive vibration can damage the pump and cause it to fail prematurely. It can also be a sign that the pump is not properly aligned or installed. Call a qualified plumber or sump pump specialist to inspect your pump and make any necessary repairs or replacements if you notice any excessive vibration.

Your Sump Pump Runs All the Time

If your sump pump runs all the time, it could signify that it needs to be replaced. Sump pumps are designed to turn on when water levels reach a certain point and then turn off when the water level drops below that point. If your sump pump is constantly running, it could be a sign that the water level sensor is not working correctly or that the pump itself is defective. If you notice your sump pump running more frequently than usual or if it seems to be running for more extended periods than normal, it’s important to have it checked out by a professional to ensure that it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Irregular Cycling

If you notice that your sump pump is cycling more frequently than usual or is working overtime, this could signal that the unit is nearing the end of its lifespan. A clog can also cause irregular cycling in the pump itself, so it’s essential to check for any blockages before assuming that the pump needs to be replaced.

Your Sump Pump Is Old

Sump pumps are designed to last for five to seven years. If your sump pump is five years or older, it may be time to start shopping for a replacement.

Your Sump Pump Has Visible Damage and Rust

If you see visible rust on your sump pump, it’s time to replace it. Rust is a sign of metal degradation and means that the pump can no longer move water effectively. A new sump pump will be much more efficient and will help to protect your home from flooding.

The Sump Pump Was Installed Improperly

If your sump pump was installed improperly, it might not be able to do its job correctly. There are a few things you can look for to see if your sump pump was installed improperly:
1. The discharge pipe may need to be bigger or pitched correctly. This can cause the pump to work harder than it should, hence it will overheat.
2. The pit may need to be more profound. This can cause the pump to run dry and overheat.
3. There may be an airlock in the discharge pipe. This can cause the pump to work harder than it should, damaging other parts.
If you see any of these signs, it’s best to call a professional to come and take a look at your sump pump. They’ll be able to tell you if it was correctly installed or not, and they can make any necessary repairs.

The Motor Gets Stuck Sometimes

If your sump pump frequently gets stuck, it indicates that it is to replace it. Stuck pumps can cause water to back up into your basement, leading to flooding and property damage.

If you’ve noticed that your sump pump is getting stuck more often, it’s important to take action. Replacing your sump pump is generally a relatively simple and inexpensive process, so it’s worth doing it sooner rather than later to avoid any potential problems.

Motor Failure

The impeller of the sump pump is powered by the motor housed in the pump’s housing, which is responsible for draining water from the sump pit. Age, lack of maintenance, power interruptions and excessive use are among the many potential causes of motor failure. Bearings and seals deteriorate with age, making the motor less effective. Lack of maintenance can also lead to the motor failing, as dirt and debris can accumulate in the motor, causing it to overheat and fail. If the power goes out, the motor will have to work harder to pump water through the obstruction, increasing the risk of overheating and failure.

If your motor fails, it indicates that you should replace your sump pump. Call a professional to guide you on the type of pump to choose and install the pump correctly.

Your Sump Pump is Clogged

A clogged pump is an indication that you should replace it. Consequences of a clogged pump include diminished water flow, unusual sounds and rapid cycling. A pump can become clogged for various reasons, including the accumulation of dirt, debris and sediment. If the clog is not removed, the motor may overheat and fail as it must work harder to pump water through the obstruction.

If you suspect your sump pump is clogged, call a trained professional to inspect it, perform the necessary maintenance and let you know if you should replace it.

Your Sump Pump Isn’t Running

If your sump pump isn’t running, then you should replace it. A blown fuse, a tripped circuit breaker, a broken float switch or a faulty motor could cause a malfunctioning sump pump. A clogged pump, a weak motor or a broken float switch are numerous potential causes of a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

Another common cause of a non-functioning pump is a faulty float switch, which activates and deactivates the pump in response to fluctuating water levels in the sump pit. The motor must function appropriately for the pump to operate. If your sump pump is not running, contact a trained professional for immediate inspection and repairs.

Contact a Professional

Don’t let a failing sump pump lead to expensive water damage in your home. Contact Absolute Services today and let us help you keep your basement dry and protected. We offer various other HVAC services, including heating, cooling, garage doors, electrical and plumbing services. Call Absolute Services today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled technicians.