Condensate pump not shutting off.

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    Douglas Leach

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    Ok my condensate pump, well what I think it is, won't shut off. Stuck float? Maybe, it will turn off with a tap. My real concern is why it's turning on. Only the AC and dehumidifier are Hooked to it and it's winter. Now it turns on when you use the shower or run water, why? I feel that I can replace the pump but there is another problem here. Help please.
     
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    can you show us pics of what your talking about????
     
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    This is the pump that turns on with running water especially the shower. The black line is from dehumidifier and the clear line in the back is from furnace. And the PVC pipe leads to drainage pipe.
     

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    1not sure why its sticking maybe a switch maybe dirty????may be vac it out soak it in vinegar for a bit
    2have someone run the water if you see water draining back thru your pipe from the main drain
    3 that pvc should be a little higher that your main drain so it can go by gravity
    there should be a check check valve there also so it doesn't drain back and short cycle
     
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    I'll take it down and try cleaning it. I will also install a check valve. Is it normal for this pump to come on during normal running water operation?
     
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    tough to see but your condensate and humidifier should be draining in one place and your main drain pumping out in another
     
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    Nope. The previous home owner just tied the dehumidifier and furnace drain into a Y pipe into main drain. I bought a mess of a house. I won't get started lol.
     
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    if only those two things are draining into it then no.....you may have a partial stoppage and the water is backing up and draining back enough to turn your pump on you should run the water and physically see if water is coming out of that pipe
     
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    So remove pump and run water?
     
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    no run some water and see if its draining into your pump from the white pipe run hot water so you can feel temp change
     
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    Ok ill will give it a whirl. Thank you. I'll reply results.
     
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    good luck
     
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    this really should be draining into a properly vented and trapped fixture....
     
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    Yea I'm having work done this summer under the house so I'll add this to that list. I ran some emergency septic flush stuff and it hasn't come back on yet. Scheduling a septic appointment asap. Thank you for all your help.
     
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    good luck with everything!!!!!!!
     
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    Its winter, do you have a humidifier running right now.
     
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    you need a check valve to keep sewage from backing up into the pump
     

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