To install backup batteries for your new sump pump, you need to understand the basic setup of a battery backup system. The battery backup system consists of two components: a charger and one or more batteries. The function of the charger is to convert energy stored in the batteries into a useful form that can run the sump pump. At the same time, it also keeps the batteries fully charged round the clock. The charger is usually plugged into the wall outlet before being connected to the sump pump.
Types of batteries to use
The sump pump charger relies on the battery to work. It cannot work if it is not hooked up to a battery. The batteries for a sump pump are sold separately. These batteries are not like the ordinary batteries. Although they may have a few similarities with car batteries, these 12V deep-cycle batteries can be practically discharged without losing their ability to give out a specified output. When choosing type of batteries for the sump, ensure you pick sealed batteries as they make life much easier.
Number of batteries needed
You need a good number of batteries connected to the charger to keep your new sump pump running longer. The charger design allows you to choose an ideal size for the battery backup system. It also helps you to determine the amount of money that you are going to spend on a particular size of backup system. By connecting an unlimited number of batteries to the charger, you give your new sump pump unlimited runtime.
However, this is theoretical and in a practical sense, charger size, weight, cost and space are factors that can limit the number of batteries you can connect to the charger during sump pump installation in Toronto. In essence, you may end up with a few batteries. Although you can get by with one battery, it is advisable to use at least two batteries. When choosing batteries, you may settle for 6V batteries over 12V batteries. Keep in mind that 6V batteries need to be properly connected for effective performance. If you have two 12V batteries, you can use them in place of four 6V batteries.
Fuse and battery enclosure
It is important to install a fuse between the charger and the batteries for safety purposes. The fuse and fuse holder come in a separate package (not part of the battery or charger) that you need to buy on your own. A 200 amp DC fuse is recommendable for use. The fuse holder is the part that joins the fuse to the wire coming from the batteries. You can get combo packs from vendors or buy them separately. A battery enclosure is essential as it helps keep the battery clean and reduces accidental short-circuiting.
Installing the backup batteries for your new sump pump entails connecting the charger to the wall outlet and ensuring it is also connected to the batteries. You can plug the charger to the sump pump before switching on the wall outlet. The other important thing that you may require during installation of backup batteries is a battery rack.