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Old 15-01-2021, 07:56   #1
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Integral float switch fixes

Iíve got a bilge pump that has one of these integral float switches and itís giving me a hard time. Itís a rule 800gph 12v 3amp. It triggers when tested but kind of only gives a little twitch then shuts off. Same with submersion. Manual operation from the helm works fine. Anyone have any fixes?
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Re: Integral float switch fixes

It seems every one of these is junk, even the Rule.

Best float switches you can get:

https://www.ultratef-gel.com/product...lgepumpswitch/
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It seems every one of these is junk, even the Rule.

Best float switches you can get:

https://www.ultratef-gel.com/product...lgepumpswitch/
Woh! $163 vs $26 for a Rule pump switch. That's steep man!
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Woh! $163 vs $26 for a Rule pump switch. That's steep man!


Itís steep, but they truly do last forever.
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Re: Integral float switch fixes

You could install an external float switch to the manual wire I suppose. Leave it as dual wire sources, one for manual, one auto float.
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Re: Integral float switch fixes

after my third internal switch failure and then doing as cheechako sugested and having a piece of junk jam the external float switch, i bit the bullet and bought the ultra switch-- really like it-- an alternative would be an air switch ( jabsco makes one) they can be located high and dry and are easy to mount and wire- again not cheap - i hve two of those on my boat as well and they have never given a moments trouble.
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after my third internal switch failure and then doing as cheechako sugested and having a piece of junk jam the external float switch, i bit the bullet and bought the ultra switch-- really like it-- an alternative would be an air switch ( jabsco makes one) they can be located high and dry and are easy to mount and wire- again not cheap - i hve two of those on my boat as well and they have never given a moments trouble.
YEP the Ultra is the way to go.
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Re: Integral float switch fixes

There is interesting idea, to use pressure switch, as sensor for bilge pumps from dishwasher or washer machines.
Like that:
https://ziperone.com/products/00000023134
https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Dishwasher-.../bn_7114940365

One question is current force, which the switches can withstand.

The sensors work in dry air and only the hose from them goes into bilge
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