Is it Time to Replace My Sump Pump?

How do you know if you need to get a new sump pump? Watch for these signs if you are wondering if it’s time to replace your sump pump.

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Signs You Should Replace Your Sump Pump

Unusual Noises

It is normal for a sump pump to make a low humming sound when it is running, but any other noises usually indicate a problem. Unusual noises might mean a failing motor, a jammed impeller, or worn parts. A plumber can let you know what’s causing the sound and whether it would be more cost effective to repair the sump pump or replace it entirely.

Running too Frequently

If your sump pump has to run too often, it is likely to break down. If this is the case, you probably need to replace your sump pump with a larger model that has a higher gallons of water per hour (GPH) rate.

Cycling on & off Frequently

If you’ve noticed that your sump pump regularly cycles on and off, this likely means that you need a deeper sump pump basin. When the basin is too small to handle the amount of water in your basement, it will cycle on and off, which overworks your sump pump. An overworked sump pump will need to be replaced every few years, so you will save money in the long run by having a deeper basin installed and lengthening the lifespan of your sump pump.


Generally speaking, sump pumps last about 7–10 years and will need to be replaced. If your sump pump is getting older, consider replacing it now, before it fails on you.


Need to replace or repair a sump pump? Give us a call today at 780-432-3947 to book a plumber!