My wife and I have a house that has an effluent pump. The house was hers before we got married so I wasn't here when it was installed /not that I have much of a working background in plumbing to begin with. Apparently the person that installed the original pump (we are now on the 5th pump in this house that's only 8 or 9 years old) didn't know much about plumbing either. The problem is that the alarm started going off indicating that the pump wasn't working.
Two days ago, when this problem resurfaced (after about a year with no problems), my wife called out a local plumber (he seemed energetic but was kind of young and I think - inexperienced). After looking at both wells (grey water and blackwater), he couldn't narrow down the problem. Just before he left, he discovered the circuit breaker had tripped. He reset the circuit breaker and we thought that the was the end of the problem. Until the following morning when the above problem happened again.
Every time we reset the circuit breaker, it trips again almost immediately. The last person we had that installed this pump has since gone out of business.
We had an electrician out yesterday and narrowed the problem down to either a faulty pump, faulty wiring OR faulty circuit breaker (the latter possibility being doubtful). It should be noted that it was the electrician's opinion that the installer of the pump must have mistakenly brought a 110 pump to complete the last job instead of a 220 pump and therefore took the easy way out of that problem, switching circuit breakers (110 vice a 220) instead of bringing in a new 220 pump.
Again, I have zero experience in plumbing or electrical work. I recently retired from the Air Force and I just never found myself in a predicament where I had to learn these trades. I now am wishing I had been a little more proactive and at least picked up some of the basics.
Nevertheless, my wife and I live on a small income and are located a fair distance from the nearest town in PA Dutch country. My wife told me that the last person to install a pump charged her $1,000 for the pump and I found the very same pump on Amazon for under $150. This one being the 5th pump, I don't think we should have to keep purchasing these expensive pumps which are supposed to have a ten year lifespan.
I'm hoping the problem to our dilemma lies in the wiring. Right now we have a electrician that is shaking his head unsure of how to fix the problem and on the other hand we have a young plumber that isn't too sure about to fix it either.
Am hoping perhaps somewhere in these forums with a little more working background than I could offer up a tip or suggestion.
Thanks sincerely for any input.