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Do i need to leave bilge pump on auto while in slip. Model

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do i need to leave bilge pump on auto while in slip. Model #DLX1965?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you today.

Does your boat have an auto float switch in it? Actually by the pump, not just on the dash.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no. just a manual/auto switch on dash.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
when on auto it kicks on very frequently. I don't want to drain battery overnight.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

how much water is in the bilge of the boat?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not much. only source of inflow is from the two ball floats in stern. when auto kick on it dispells very little water.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Is the rear of the boat algae covered?

Can you post a pic of the float set up?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it never draws water past the two ball floats because i believe those floats pass water out as well as in.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

The float balls should seat when the boat is in the water and not allow any in, the act as a check valve.

Are you sure that is where the water is coming in? I.E. you can see it from the inside of them?

Is there a live well in the boat?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i don't think i have anything to worry about. Those floats let water out also as far as I know.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Yes they are supposed to, but with the pump turning on, something is tripping the float on the pump.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
live well is there.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Is the water more when it is running?

Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

In the bilge that is.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'll verify. I think it's best if I put pump on auto for the night. I think my battery can handle it. Thanks much.
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Look to make sure that there is nothing blocking the float from returning to its resting position. A piece of debris in the bilge can cause a float to think that there is water in there when there is not any.

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