Cruising is working on your boat in very nice places
Working on an old boat is like a full time job!
Cruising on the St John's River system ended for us in late May as we docked at Ortega Landing Marina. We enjoyed the American Amazon and all the little places to visit. The Marina at Ortega Landing is the nicest marina we have ever visited. http://www.ortegalanding.com/
Everyday is a new adventure with things on this old boat. We are slowly replacing all of the lights with leds and repairing the wiring and fixtures along the way.
You trust your bilge pump to run on demand Right? You expect switches to turn on and off Right?
Jean noticed a bilge pump was running a lot and upon investigation we discover a new switch had stuck internally and the pump continued to run with no water in the bilge. I checked the other five bilge and sump pumps. A fairly new Sea Flo pump would not run, See picture. The switch was one of three I had bought on amazon. Well the warranty was up on the pump so I took it apart to see what failed. The switches were covered and Amazon refunded on those. I took one of those apart to see what was going on as when installed they failed to turn off the pump!
|The motor is dry and looks OK. Further investigation reveals the problem.|
There is a tiny bit of green where the arrow point
|The contact of the brush holder is Not making a connection due to the corrosion|
|A wiggle of the brush holder and the motor runs!|
|I take the holder apart, clean it and solder the connection. It was pressed together and that is it! There was NO solder on it until I soldered it!|
|Soldered for a good connection|
Here are the pump numbers
|All apart, very clean except the tiny bit of corrosion|
|Brushes are like new. This pump sees very little use|
These are the pictures of the problem pump switches. I had 3 from one order at Amazon.
|Here is the float switch I had three of these fail within hours of installation. The ball is supposed to push the contacts in the micro switch and then after pump runs and water level falls the ball returns and switch should open and pump stop.|
|In this picture with room for the arm to release the red switch the circuit is open|