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Why Does My Sump Pump Keep Running?

A professionally installed, well maintained sump pump is the most effective means of preventing basement flooding. Conversely, a malfunctioning sump pump is one of the main causes of flooding, highlighting the need for routine maintenance and efficient repair. There are a number of common problems you may encounter, but one that can cause a lot of damage and should be addressed immediately is constant running.

Read on to learn what causes this issue and what to do if it happens to you.

4 Reasons Your Sump Pump Keeps Running

  1. An incorrectly sized sump pump or liner. A sump pump that is too small may run continuously in order to keep up with demand, leading to premature failure. If the pump is sized correctly but the liner itself is too small, it may wear itself out through short-cycling, as it pumps the water out of your home at an elevated rate before the liner has a chance to refill.
  2. Continual flooding. A high water table, or underground water source can cause the unit to work around the clock to clear the water. In this case, raising the sump pump may help, without compromising the integrity of the system.
  3. A stuck switch. Sump pump operation is determined by a float switch, which turns the unit on and off as needed. Once the water level in the sump pit rises to a pre-determined height, the pump turns on, but a number of issues can cause the unit to continue running long after water levels have returned to normal. Most commonly this occurs when the switch becomes clogged, jammed, or tangled, requiring repair or replacement.
  4. Valve issues. The check valve is strategically located along the water discharge line, to ensure the water being pumped out of your home does not re-enter the sump pit. If it is missing, or malfunctioning, anywhere from one, to two-thirds of the discharged water will return to the pit, and the sump pump will run continuously in an effort to remove it.

Sump Pump Repair in Central NJ

In the event your sump pump keeps running, or for other repairs, maintenance or replacement, call the experts at Arctic Air Conditioning at 732-455-9110 or contact us online today! Since 1977, we’ve been providing quality, professional service to homeowners in and around Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, Ocean and Somerset counties.

Testimonials
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”Kyle was professional and polite. Work was done in a reasonable time and looks fine.”

- Daniel Ostrowski
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”Jesse was prompt, courteous, knowledgable and got the job done.”

- John Sandstedt
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”Kyle was knowledge and courteous...he gave me history about my unit and facts... a good job overall!”

- Jack S.
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”Always good customer service Arctic Air; Jesse was on-time and did a great job.”

- Leon Paley
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”The team that installed our new central air was very professional and polite. They did a excellent job. The price was reasonable. Highly recommended!”

- Joseph Burek
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”Called Arctic because my heater wouldn't turn on. Office staff is awesome, actually tried to troubleshoot over the phone before sending someone out! Technician came out and could have told…”

- Linda Angley Mirek
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”Always professional, thorough, and fair pricing. The owner himself takes the time to talk to customers when needed. Definitely recommend.”

- Lisa B.
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”Arctic Air is reliable and very knowledgeable . The technician, JESSE was friendly and very professional . We highly recommend Arctic Air.”

- Alison Maslansky
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”Our technician was Matt. Well presented and helpful from the beginning. He was a great listener as I described for him some of the things that I attempted to do…”

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”Arctic Air has always been above standard with customer service and knowledge and Home service. My experience with Kyle on Monday was no different. Kyle was very focused on what…”

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”Tony was very efficient and thorough. Polite gentleman.”

- Eileen Welsch
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”Jesse, awesome technician did my heat start up on Friday. Very thorough and took the time to explain everything. Whenever someone is looking for recommendations, I always tell them to…”

- Sherry Komosinski
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”We purchased a full Lennox HVAC system with iComfort controls. Bill made the pre-sales / quote process very easy. He was very conscious of our home and even put on…”

- Mike Durso
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”I'd recommend Arctic air wholeheartedly. They are professional, courteous, and meticulous. The prices are excellent as well. Don't have to work at your house to deal with them.”

- Diane Mecca
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”Had new AC unit installed by Arctic this summer. Arctic was here on a saturday night within 45 min of placing the call. Ross the owner was on the phone…”

- Brian Lichtenthal
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”Excellent company. Very satisfied with the entire process. Salesperson was knowledgeable and did not try to sell the most expensive products, but the right products for my house. Installers arrived…”

- Ray Nesci
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”Jesse provided great service. He was friendly and courteous and extremely professional. He is an asset to Arctic Air.”

- Mike Berger
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”Excellent service. No BS just honest to goodness quoting. Told me what had to be fixed on my A/C and even showed me the damaged part. My serviceman was Robert…”

- Judith Gordon
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”The service call was on time and the service professional was very capable and informative. Everything was explained before hand with pricing quoted accurately.”

- Barbara Sosonka
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”Your team does great work. Your sales team on the other hand need to be more honest and be more informed about what a home really needs. The units I…”

- david gonzalez
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”Tony P did a great job of servicing my furnace. Very pleased with Artic Air. Will refer to friends. Keep up the good work!”

- Alice E. White
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”I have used Arctic Air for years and have always been happy with their service. Their technicians have always been professional and knowledgeable. This time my technician was Jesse Evert…”

- susan ebert
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”Jesse was terrific. He showed up right on time and was very pleasant. He was quick and explained everything. Thanks”

- Marie Rosen
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”We have been using Arctic Air for over 15 years ,I highly recommend them. Also a Big thank you to Jesse Evert. He was absolutely great and pleasure to deal…”

- Mandy Rose
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