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Old 02-02-2020
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Default Fresh water tank fixed & Water pumps not working

This past week I removed my fresh water tank to find a leak. I found the leak coming from a crack where the previous owner tried to patch it with epoxy. After asking around what would be the best fix I decided to get it plastic welded. I found a marine shop here in Cape Coral Florida that does plumbing on boats. They were able to take a strip from an old water tank and weld it over the crack. I filled the tank over the repair spot before putting it back in and it no longer leaks. I have attached picture of before and after.

Once I put the tank back in and filled it up the pumps are no longer working. It kicked on when I first turned them on and then nothing. The switch light would not even come on. After looking on WOG for a bit I found the info on the fuse panel in the closet and reset the 15amp fuse for the pumps. Once the pump is turned back on it pops the fuse after about 20-30 seconds. The pumps never turn on during that time and no water is coming out of the faucet. I checked the lines that go to the pumps and water is getting to them. Not really sure what to do. Any help would be great.
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Did you do anything to the pumps? Disconnect them? If you did, need to double check the wiring and make sure its connected properly.

If not sounds like it may have just crapped out... would be good if you can check how many amps its drawing.. if you do not have a way to read the amps, you could turn it on while looking at the main DC amp gauge and see if its spiking up when you try to turn it on. That would be an indication the motor is locked up or shorted out... which is what I am guessing is happening, and that is tripping the breaker.
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This past week I removed my fresh water tank to find a leak. I found the leak coming from a crack where the previous owner tried to patch it with epoxy. After asking around what would be the best fix I decided to get it plastic welded. I found a marine shop here in Cape Coral Florida that does plumbing on boats. They were able to take a strip from an old water tank and weld it over the crack. I filled the tank over the repair spot before putting it back in and it no longer leaks. I have attached picture of before and after.

Once I put the tank back in and filled it up the pumps are no longer working. It kicked on when I first turned them on and then nothing. The switch light would not even come on. After looking on WOG for a bit I found the info on the fuse panel in the closet and reset the 15amp fuse for the pumps. Once the pump is turned back on it pops the fuse after about 20-30 seconds. The pumps never turn on during that time and no water is coming out of the faucet. I checked the lines that go to the pumps and water is getting to them. Not really sure what to do. Any help would be great.
We had a similar issue - crack was on top and DW patched with this black tape the use in marine applications and so far after a year we haven’t had an issue with leak! From there anyway!

But once the leak was fixed the pump didn’t work! While it seemed to work, the pump was bad, I replaced it and all’s been A ok!

Here is the one I got! A bit noisy but I understand all are given it’s right underneath the bed!

SHURFLO Aqua KingTM II Premium Fresh Water Pump - 12VDC, 4.0 GPM (56056) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AJVJQNC..._LaVnEb745E91F

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Pull the pump. Hook it up to a battery direct (with a 30 amp fuse of course) If it blows that fuse, new pump...... Wait doesn't your bird have 2 pumps?

Looks like you found a good welder!
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Pull the pump. Hook it up to a battery direct (with a 30 amp fuse of course) If it blows that fuse, new pump...... Wait doesn't your bird have 2 pumps?

Looks like you found a good welder!
Randy,

We did that, hooked it up to 12 volt battery pack, don’t remember the fuse, but the pump would come on but would shutoff after a short while. I finally gave up and ordered a new one just to have another pump and sure enough the new one worked just fine!

Tossed the old one!
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When my freshwater pump was going out it would work intermittently. The motor was also getting noticeable hot. New pump fixed all of that.
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Pull the pump. Hook it up to a battery direct (with a 30 amp fuse of course) If it blows that fuse, new pump...... Wait doesn't your bird have 2 pumps?

Looks like you found a good welder!
Yes, I have 2 pumps but neither are working. I will try hooking them up to a battery directly with a fuse.
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If neither work, I would check the fuse, which you did, then I would suspect the selector switch, mine is in the bathroom. The one that selects pump 1, pump 2, or both. That might explain why power is not getting to the pumps.
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Got pump A to start working by slowly adding pressure and suction to the pump by turning these knobs. I tried this the other day and it did not work. With pump B, it pops the fuse as soon as it turns on. This one was not working that well to begin with so I will look into replacing it soon. Thank you all for the help.

Any suggestions on a good replacement pump?
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Got pump A to start working by slowly adding pressure and suction to the pump by turning these knobs. I tried this the other day and it did not work. With pump B, it pops the fuse as soon as it turns on. This one was not working that well to begin with so I will look into replacing it soon. Thank you all for the help.
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Any suggestions on a good replacement pump?
See post #3 for consideration.
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