This is one of the most common problems associated with a sump pump. If your sump pump shares an outlet with another appliance or electrical item, your pump may receive too low an amount of voltage. When this happens, it nceeds to draw a higher amount of amps to run; which, in turn, causes it to run too hot.
This leads to a vicious cycle. When your pump is too hot, it is more prone to failure. As with any electric motor, if your sump pump’s motor has to run too much, its lifespan will be greatly reduced. In order to minimize the chances of this happening, you need to make sure your pump has its own dedicated circuit, and is plugged directly into an outlet. You should never use an extension cord if at all possible.
In addition, your pump should be connected to a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. A GFCI is a safety feature that helps reduce the risk of an electric shock.
In order to stop your sump pump from tripping the breaker, you will probably need to have the pump repaired. Our team here at Pompeii’s can help with that. Call us today!