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Saniflo trips the house circuit breaker: repair or replace?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by pred02, 25 Jan 2021.

  1. pred02

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    Hi,

    On Saturday my Saniflo unit started tripping the house circuit panel. I tried changing the 13A fuse at the switch but it's still happening. A plumber came and check to see if there was a leak, but he did not open the Saniflo unit to see inside. He did not see any loose wiring either. He said it's a replace unit which is about 450 GBP plus labour. The unit is exactly 5 years old.

    Is it worth getting a Saniflo specialist or just look for the cheapest unit to replace?

    Thanks
     
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    Move house.

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    I get it. I am not pleased to have to spend £££ after replacing it a few years ago. But right now plumbing the whole flat is not an option.
     
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    Do you have 2 toilets in the flat?

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    Sounds like the windings are failing. Wire it to a plug and try a wall socket for now to buy you time. Nothing a sani specialist can do.
     
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    OP said house not flat and law says there must be one on mains drainage.
     
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    Sorry to clarify when I turn on the switch at the unit it buzzes for 2 seconds and then goes out. It trips the house circuit so all appliances on that circuit go down as well.
     
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    He said flat.

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    Point taken, OP mentiond both.
     
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    Sounds like a wet wipe/ something jamming the blades.
     
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    I need to make a call whether to get an Saniflo engineer to try to fix it or go to replace it. If he tries to replace it, it is a potential £200 sunk cost. Replacement is likely £250 for labour and £500 for parts. Not cheap!

    Could it be something simple as a broken switch or a stuck item (we haven't thrown anything in it but could he hair etc from the shower)?
     
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    IF you are certain that there is nothing inside jaming the blades (and creating the buzzing) then I advise replacing.
    If it was me and found the unit couldn`t be repaired then the time spent finding out was charged at a hourly rate so there shouldn`t be any £200 +£200 + £500 costs. Talk and get this agreed before starting or pop the lid off and check yourself.
     
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    For the OP
    I see that WC1 has said that 5yrs is an acceptable life span, well, he may know gas but he knows sod all about macerators unless he refers to cheap sub £200 units from fleabay.
     
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