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    Water pump low flow/no water detection switch

    I know some of you guys have them. Will someone post details with a picture?
    A mate has lost two water pumps because of running with no wtaer. So i want to tell him what to instal.

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    One way is to fit a ball valve switch in the tank, near the bottom. Ball valve up= water, ball down=dry. Alternative is a similar floating switch with a ball bearing; switch floats=water=on, switch 'flops' down =dry=off.

    It depends on your set up and tank - assuming you have a tank and aren't
    pumping direct from the mains, which is illegal. Most plumbers should be able to fit one easily, but they'd need to see the tank.

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    If pumping from a well you may need to replace the non return valve which is between the pump and water source in well, they regularly jam with dirt in them.
    buy the better quality type completely made from plastic that screw apart by hand when you need to clean it
    Good quality Pressure pumps do not seem to last more than 6 years here, we had a Mitsubishi pump that developed a leak in the pressure tank and replaced it with a hyundai pump which the local hardware store supplied and guaranteed personally for one year
    Do not buy a cheap Chinese pump they do not last very long

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    I think the question was detection of/if a pump is running 'dry'?

    I have pondered this question often...mainly because of running toilets or a tap being left on...draining our tank.
    Never implemented as make it a point to listen for the domestic pump running before passing out at night.

    A simple solution might be a light or buzzer wired to turn on when the pump is running.

    Some well pumps have a thermal switch turning off the pump if overheating....they self reset when the pump cools down.

    There are flow detectors out there....this one is only rated 10W though.


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    The pump on my rainwater tank has a pressure switch so it only powers on when it detects a tap is open in the house.

    It also automatically powers off if it detects that there is no water in the pump, say if the tank runs dry or the pump is not primed.

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    Not my installation. It is at a mates factory. So rebuilding/buying new pumps is OK but I am an old maintenmace guy from way back so the solution is to stop the pumps when the water is low or there is no flow.

    Yeah the problem is when the tank/pit is low and the pump continues to run. There is a cheap plastic strainer/check valve in the tank I have been told that the brass ones are better. The other pump is down stream but basically relies on the first one topping up the postfilter storage. if the first one runs out of water!!

    So two systems with a small time delay. Need to protect both.

    Looking now at swimming pools as they have low flow switches. I thought there might be one for well pumps. I am not paid for this and to be honest i am running out of enthusiasm :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas View Post
    I think the question was detection of/if a pump is running 'dry'?
    There are flow detectors out there....this one is only rated 10W though.

    This might work. It says though normally open which might be workable. The pupm would kick in on low pressure and this would then keep the pump on if there is flow. Might get a bit hitech though and as this is a favour rather than a job!!

    10W OK just need a relay.

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    Float switch

    Wire in a float switch, available at most bigger hardware stores. It will prevent the pump from running when the water level drops to or just above the suction point, you can adjust it by tying off the wire line to the correct length.
    this is an example link:...........you may message me if you need engineering details

    https://www.microlectra.com/p-fanal-...at-switch-3345
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    That will work for one but not the other as it is fed from essentially a sealed vessel downstream of some filters. It has no top access.

    The same can be acheived in an open tank with a 24v system, two wires and a relay. Didn't belive it when I first saw it but it had been there and working for about 20 years.

    OK with the engineering but thanks for the offer.

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    What to say?

    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    I know some of you guys have them. Will someone post details with a picture?
    A mate has lost two water pumps because of running with no wtaer. So i want to tell him what to instal.
    I maybe late to answer?
    And I am new to this forum.

    He destroy 2 water pumps?
    When left for a time pumping air instead of water (Coolant)
    The pump die

    Your friend can use as many water pumps as ever.
    Water pump need water

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    Water pump
    Air Pump
    Gas pump

    So on and so on

    They are made for purpouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudden View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    I know some of you guys have them. Will someone post details with a picture?
    A mate has lost two water pumps because of running with no wtaer. So i want to tell him what to instal.
    I maybe late to answer?
    And I am new to this forum.

    He destroy 2 water pumps?
    When left for a time pumping air instead of water (Coolant)
    The pump die

    Your friend can use as many water pumps as ever.
    Water pump need water
    Way to go Einstein

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