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Newly installed a/c condensate pump only runs a few

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newly installed a/c condensate pump only runs a few seconds,then shuts down?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Did you remove the packing clip/stop from the float? They use a clip or some other mechanism to keep the float from bouncing around in shipping. It also prevents the float from functioning properly if you don't remove it.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
the float moves up & down freely. the only thing I removed was a piece of cardboard
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Has the water level dropped significantly after it's done pumping?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
no. it fills & overflows
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Then the pump or float mechanism is faulty. Return it and get another one.

Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

I'm assuming you don't have a hose for a condensate drain and it's not pushed too far into the tank