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Old 01-18-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Electric Water Pump Switches

Have 3 different electric water pump switches in RV. All are "spring loaded" type of switch. Thinking of having just one.
Question - why are they spring loaded? I want to eliminate 2 of the 3 and have just one switch. Do I still need a "spring loaded" switch?

Reasons for all this - none of the switches work anymore!! I can run pump if I go directly to it with 12 volts, so thinking of eliminating old and just install one fused direct switch to pump.....
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Have 3 different electric water pump switches in RV. All are "spring loaded" type of switch. Thinking of having just one.
Question - why are they spring loaded? I want to eliminate 2 of the 3 and have just one switch. Do I still need a "spring loaded" switch?

Reasons for all this - none of the switches work anymore!! I can run pump if I go directly to it with 12 volts, so thinking of eliminating old and just install one fused direct switch to pump.....
The switches are spring loaded because they only need to pulse the controller to start the pump. The controller will latch the pump ON. The next depression (or the depression of another switch) will pulse the controller to stop the pump.

It's not the three switches that no longer work, it's the associated pump controller that is failing or the wiring to the controller has been disrupted. Here is a link to the controller installation.
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WOW!!! Makes perfect sense now... learned something new, for sure....

Thanks so much Bounder! Now, I just need to find the controller and troubleshot it......

Based on the info you supplied, it should be somewhere near it....

Again, Thanks for such a great and quick reply

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The switches are spring loaded because they only need to pulse the controller to start the pump. The controller will latch the pump ON. The next depression (or the depression of another switch) will pulse the controller to stop the pump.

It's not the three switches that no longer work, it's the associated pump controller that is failing or the wiring to the controller has been disrupted. Here is a link to the controller installation.

Spot on!
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