A Sump Pump is a simple device with four primary parts: electric motor, impeller, switch, and housing. The electric motor would probably last decades if the other three parts never failed. So, when reviewing sump pumps and pump makers for Handyman-DIY we asked, “have you improved at least one part to the extent that we can cross it off the list of primary causes of pump failure?” Our other big question was, “how have you improved the daily operation of your pumps?”
So far, the best answers are from Ion Technologies. Ion’s advancements in Impeller and Housing (design and materials) are impressive. And, both their Impeller and Motor improvements (again, design and materials) result is improved efficiency and operating cost. (Lower amp draw, higher RPM motors, paired with more durable and effective impellers, for pumps that move more volume, faster, with more dynamic head height, while using less electricity.)
The Ion switch is what really captured our attention. We think the Ion switch takes “switch” off the list of failure points.
Traditional float switches (vertical, bayonet, and tether) move with the water level, making and breaking an electrical contact to operate the pump. The Ion Digital Level Control Switch is stationary – clamp mounted in a fixed position to the pump discharge line – it monitors change in water pressure (water depth), the solid-state control switches the pump on and off as the water moves.
It constantly measures water pressure which equals water level. As water fills the sump basin the water pressure against the Ion Switch increases. When the water pressure reaches the trigger point (triggering pressure) the pump is activated. As the water level lowers so does the water pressure, when a specific pressure is reached the pump is turned off.
Formally named the Ion Digital Level Control Switch, it is available as a piggy-back switch that can be used with any standard sump pump or sewage pump, factory packaged with Ion’s high efficiency sump and sewage pumps, or with Ion’s Genesis Control System – a standalone pump management system that uses two Ion Switches to manage up to two pumps and packed with features only seen in commercial control systems costing tens of thousands of dollars. The heart of the Ion System is the Ion Digital Level Control.
Are you looking to upgrade your existing system? In most cases, Ion Control Systems will work with your newer existing pump(s)!
Are you looking to upgrade is stages? The Ion system is perfect for staged system upgrades.
Looking to add easy to use state-of-the-art features to an existing system? Want to design the ultimate custom installation? Proactively upgrading a replacement system? If you have sump pump questions or would like to know about additional Ion sump pumps and accessories, please call our Handyman-DIY customer service department, we are ready to help. 888-521-5254
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