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Pump Problem

Came in yesterday from a short weekend trip, went to pump out the holding tank --- about a 1.5 second normal noise, then it sounded like it "grounded to a stop". Waited a couple of seconds turned it on, still felt like either A -- low battery power or B -- just didnt work.

I suspect, and I'm certainly NO authority here, that it could be a clogged macerator pump -- what are your thoughts and ideas.

Never have had a problem with the pump or this issue ever. Nothing was done differently, nothing went in the head abnormally, in fact I had just pumped her out a couple of weekends ago. It was just me and my wife out for 3 days on this trip.

Never had hooked up, taken apart, cleaned, unclogged anything yet with the macerator or even any hoses related to the head -- I'm a lucky guy indeed methinks. We are on freshwater and I do know that helps.

Any/all help, tips, advice, jokes etc are welcomed as usual.
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Re: Pump Problem

It's God's way of telling you to go to a pumpout station instead of pumping your crap into the river/lake/whatever you're on.
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Re: Pump Problem

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Never had hooked up, taken apart, cleaned, unclogged anything yet with the macerator or even any hoses related to the head -- I'm a lucky guy indeed methinks. We are on freshwater and I do know that helps.

Any/all help, tips, advice, jokes etc are welcomed as usual.
Guess what,

Its a dirty, smelly job.

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Don't leave this job to an apprentice - CALL THE HEAD MECHANIC
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Possibly you should eat more bran
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I suspect, and I'm certainly NO authority here, that it could be a clogged macerator pump -- what are your thoughts and ideas.

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Yep, the time's come for you to get your hands dirty.

Like every other part of the boat, the macerator ain't gonna live forever.

You need to isolate the fault.

- Disconnect the plumbing (but not the power leads) from the macerator.
- Check your hose runs and seacock/through hull for obstructions.
- Test macerator briefly while disconnected to see if it's still growling.
- If so, remove and disassemble. Assess whether to rebuild or replace.
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Re: Pump Problem

What are you pumping out?. where are you pumping it too, shore facility of lake? Was the tank full, could you have ran the unit dry?
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Re: Pump Problem

Sounds like a clogged vent or a dead Macerator or a really bad clog. Check the vetn first. It is the easiest solution.

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Re: Pump Problem

was attemting to pump out at our dock, we have portable pump out station
was pumpng out probably 1/3 tank full (or less)mainlly liquid, some solid
should no have had anything else in their cept for TP
freshwater, not salt water
never had a probem

again, new to all this, so I guess I'll unhook the fittings to/from Macerator (not electircal)see if I can find a clog, not sure about the vent but will SNIFF aroundtill I find her

actually our water is clean and all are welcome

thanks and please keep these tips coming
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