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Old 03-22-2016, 03:07 PM   #11
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Gotcha...The type of solenoid is called "normally closed" so I was thinking more that if it did fail, it would close. If that happened, chances are the pump would run dry and burn out. Luckily, I work from home so statistically, I should be around if that happens!

If you are curious, here is a link to the solenoid: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o08_s00
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:12 PM   #12
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Gotcha...The type of solenoid is called "normally closed" so I was thinking more that if it did fail, it would close. If that happened, chances are the pump would run dry and burn out. Luckily, I work from home so statistically, I should be around if that happens!

If you are curious, here is a link to the solenoid: 1/2" Stainless Steel Electric Solenoid Valve 12VDC Normally Closed: Industrial Solenoid Valves: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
When it fails its going to stay in whatever position its currently in. Otherwise it would be working! I suppose it could fail when its already in its normal closed position but thats no guarantee.

I'd rather have to replace a burned out pump than deal with a giant flood from the tank continuing to overflow!

You may want to look for a different solenoid anyway. Reviews on that one seem to indicate its not made for continuous duty use and its got a relatively low flow rate of 4.8 gpm. That might not be enough for your pump!
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I spoke with some plumbers and they said it's a good product. Should be OK because it's being used in a much lighter capacity than other things it may be designed for. Although the review said it's not designed for continuous use, it's because solenoids get hot and the coil could burn out. I was told you can put a small computer fan to cool it down and should work great, which I did - and it's very cool. So far, the pump has been doing great with the flow - no issues so far - I've had it up and running for a few days and so far, so good.

Keeping my fingers crossed!
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