Here's my sad story: My 12v Whale 220 diaphragm shower sump
pump has died. The diaphragm
and flapper valves appear to be in good shape and the motor
runs. The water
just goes up and down but does not empty. The motor
is also blowing the 5A fuse that is recommended, but not the 10A fuse I replaced it with. Under normal circumstances I would just replace the pump, but...I'm in the beginnings of an extensive refit
and will be converting the boat over to 24v, so I really don't want to be buying
a new 12v pump which won't be used very long.
So I did a little research
and figured the solution to my problem would be to purchase
a 24v power supply which would run off shore power
. Also figured I'd buy one larger than I need for the sump pump as I will be adding a transfer pump for my holding tank
system in the not too distant future, thus killing two birds with one power supply stone, so to speak. The problem is, I know nothing about power supplies. What am I looking for when I go to buy one besides the obvious correct amperage? What do I want? Is there anything I don't want? I figure this would be the place to find out.
My secondary question regards the pump itself. My local chandlery
favors Viking pumps claiming they are an excellent brand and very durable as well as reliable. Has that been your experience with them? I like to support local businesses when I can and these guys give me pretty respectable discounts, pretty close to what Defender would sell for.
Regards and my thanks in advance for you help.