Rant: Glentronics Basement Watchdog Emergency Sump Pump System
Water intakes on the side and bottom of the pump allow for continuous pumping with clog-resistant suction. I am very happy they fixed my unit for free and everything is working great again. I think the instructions say that you can drain much lower, but I guess you need to "override" the floater to do this. Someone earlier had noted at that time , there were no competitors. Got this to use on an empty pool that needs to get emptied every so often after it rains.
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Unit always got me through power outages, but I do wire up portable generator for outages longer than 4 hours. After reading many posts about the issue with the batteries discharging, can you specify which charger and plug I need? I purchased this pump to partially drain my 30, gallon pool to get the cyanuric acid level down. We just replaced our old one, with this one, using the same pipe, brackets, etc. Unable to add item to List. Less failure The double seals on the bottom of each motor plate ensure that water can not enter the motor.
I had to use the 12V charger bundled with the package, which was putting out I decided to charge the battery initially with my auto battery tender, then hook it up to the system when it was fully charged. Used a Cincon 15V 0.
The original wall charger says it has an output of 1. I have the 1. The battery has water filled. Should I let it go like this for a while? I bought the Watchdog Special sump pump and battery three years ago. Everything seemed to be working fine until about a year ago. I got a battery alarm. When I checked it, the battery was dry. I never got a low water alarm from the sensor. I filled the battery and it charged back up and worked for another year.
Last week, I got another battery alarm and found it dry again. Again, no low water alarm was received. Now the battery will not hold a charge. Seems like there is a definite problem with the charging system and warning system with this product.
I disconnected it to work on one of the PVC joints that the previous residents had poorly installed and was leaking. When I reconnected it, it runs and pumps…. Tapped that switch a bit to see if something was sticking or maybe to knock loose corrosion etc. Can anyone recommend a really good battery sump pump system? Ideally one I can find parts for and fix? Fortunately, my deep cell battery is in good shape. Thank goodness for that…. Per manual, float starts pump and controller runs pump fo a minimum of seconds.
Got 9 years with original battery, never added water. Unit always got me through power outages, but I do wire up portable generator for outages longer than 4 hours. Agree with evaluation charger is marginal, battery floats at I am a beginner. Marine store says my battery tested good, but low voltage even after charging for weeks. I have a different system than watchdog, 12v deep cycle battery but never supposed to add water. I cant determine if charger working properly or really need new batter.
Charging unit has no doc, no specs, just a black box. Any idea how to confirm if charger working? I bought an ohm meter but no idea how to use it? Want to test output of charger. Any ideas that can be explained in childlike manner. Never used ohm meter before. Output of charger is around at setting of m on ohm meter if that is helpful.
Thanks for any help at all — Dave. I bought the Cincon charger with a 2. The only problem was the overmold was too big to fit the Watchdog unit.
I recently bought a house with Watchdog already installed. Answer was I must have done something to cause explosion. Can it somehow be bypassed? Pretty sure manual says to connect it to positive electrode, but check me!
Though if alarm stops once you connect all is good of course you will not be monitoring battery electrolyte level. Ended-up hitting my local Interstate Battery shop…. May get 2 years, maybe 5 or more….
Thanks and yup — connecting to the positive turned that light off. So like you all I have the same Watchdog pump! Question for you, can i just connect my Noco G Battery charger up all the time? Have both Watchdog charger and the Noco? I rigged the fluid detector to the positive terminal since the battery had lids for three cells at a time. The charger seems to activate quite often and boils away the water. However, the product manual says the BWSP system is incompatible with maintenance free batteries.
Does this just mean gel type starter batteries? Or, will an AGM battery also not work. Will it overcharge or damage the battery? The thing to do is to limit the charging to 2 times a day. I am positive that some board level soldering will be required! Like all the others here I have the same problem as you.
However, I have been through two of these units and ONLY because they are the only company making this product. I have searched and cannot find any other outfit that makes a battery operated emergency backup sump pump system. The first unit I bought was the one with the smaller yellow pump. That one stopped charging the battery in a few months and when I called their support people, I was told that it HAS to be the battery.
The battery is topped off with water and the battery is only one month old- it is not the battery. So, I disconnected the Watchdog unit from the power and the battery, and connected a trickle charger to the battery.
I now plan to keep the battery on the trickle charger until it is needed and then reconnect the unit to the battery when and if the power goes out. I might try the Cincon charger listed above, but I am thinking that both the electronic module as well as the Watchdog power adapter are bad the part that gets plugged into the wall outlet. I wish there were another manufacturer that makes a similar product; these Glentronic outfit needs some capable competition.
I also have the BWSP about 5 years old. Found out like others charger goes on for 1 hour then drains battery for 1 hour.
Had to add water every 2 months. Got the Radio Shack electronic solder iron out and removed the buzzer. Buzzer removal does not effect the operation of the other circuitry. All is well with a float charge to the battery. Do you have the system controller disconnected while using the Battery Tender to maintain the battery? Someone earlier had noted at that time , there were no competitors.
I do not know anything about that brand or supplier, FYI. On a trip to Costco I noticed they had deep cell batteries. They are made by Interstate. Clean termimals or replace battery.
My multi-meter showed I also checked each individual cell and they all showed ok. I put some di-electric grease on and it lasted a week before the alarm went off. Again no corrosion and the battery checked out ok. I decided to call Glentronics and to my amazement they were in Northern Illinois where I live. They told me to bring the head unit in and they would test it out. There was no charge which was a relief. I am very happy they fixed my unit for free and everything is working great again.
They also told me not to use di-electric grease so I cleaned it off. This happened after the main pump failed, I replaced the AC bump and all is well with that. I am open to ship them my control box if they can trouble shoot, I live in NJ. The Output is 12VAC 1. Anyone got any idea what regulated wallpack this would take. The one listed that started this forum is a smaller amp, like. Last week the Watchdog alarm sounded.
The red Battery alarm light was on and flashing. The Water alarm was not on. I checked the battery and it did need distilled water. It needed over 3 cups of water. I added the water but the alarm would not stop even with the Audible Alarm switched off.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. See review for discharge hose fitting info. I have an iPool exercise pool See my review that I bought a few years ago, and got this pump in anticipation of draining the pool every other year. I finally used the pump today two years after purchase , and it exceeded my performance expectation.
I removed the shut off float, as it is not needed for this application, and put the pump in the deepest corner, which is not much deeper, as when you set these pools up, you are trying to get them as level as possible.
I used the pumped out water on a few of my trees and shrubs through a standard pool hose. I also hooked up a Zoeller Check Valve recommended to the unit, but for clear water, this valve is not really needed. It takes about two hours to pump out 1, gallons. If you are using a flapper, pick up a couple of rubber reducer adapters and four hose clamps to fit the flapper to the sump outlet. Comment 3 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? I am writing this review after purchasing this pump 3 yrs ago. I use it to pump water out of a sump between a retaining wall and my above ground pool. When I bought this I wasn't sure if it would last but it has better than I ever expected. All the screws are stainless, I just pulled it up to clean off the filter grid, removed screws and everything is still working fine.
If you but this pump also get the check valve to go with it, it prevents the water in the hose from running back down after pump shuts off. The check valve is still working also, even though I use this in the winter also, I have never had a problem with freezing in the winter.
After using this for over 3 yrs. I can highly recommend it and if it failed today I would order another one. Comment One person found this helpful. I purchased this pump to partially drain my 30, gallon pool to get the cyanuric acid level down.
It was sitting on a pool step and the rise was about 1. I could barely hear the pump wile it was running. The little floater that turns off the pump kicked in when there was about 3 inches of water at the base. I think the instructions say that you can drain much lower, but I guess you need to "override" the floater to do this. It came with a screw-on adapter that fit into my hose kit. No adapter for standard hose, but I'm sure that is cheap to get.
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When I reconnected it, it runs and pumps…. Published 13 days ago. Can anyone recommend a really good battery sump pump system?
I have a basement watch dog brand new. It seems that once again beancounters screwed up a reasonably good system, to save a few bucks on the wallpack. Compare with similar items. Sump pump hook up Basement Watchdog pump will not turn off! Charging unit has no doc, no specs, just a black box. This pump was more powerful so kicked up more dirt and rocks.
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