12 to 24V Solar Pump Kit Troubleshooting GuideAdam
Let’s get your water pump back up and running!
We’ve put together this simple guide to help our customers with some basic solar water pumping troubleshooting. We also have some simple cleaning instructions for your water pumps here, however most of these topics are included below.
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The below troubleshooting will help you get the following solar pump kits back up and running.
- AquaJet Pro 24V Pump Kit
- AquaJet Pro 12-24V Medium Ouput Kit (minus the battery pack)
- AquaJet Pro 9V Night and Day Kit
- AquaJet 6V Kit (the pump is a little different, but we have included video at the end).
Popular FAQs and Troubleshooting
Depending on how much sunlight you receive during the day and the power setting on your batter bank, your solar pump will operate for 1-10 hours into the evening once the goes down.
- Longer operation in the evening: If your solar panel is not in an area that receives sun all day, we recommend turning down the power dial on your batter pack (the pump will use nearly 1/2 the energy needed).
- Position your solar panel facing south: make sure your solar panel is facing sout
If your pump stopped working, we try to work backwards from the solar pump to it’s power source.
If you have a night & day pump kit (with a battery).
- Disconnect the solar pump from the battery pack
- Connect the solar pump directly to the connector on the back of the solar panel (disconnect the wire which is now connected to the battery pack).
- Place the solar pump in the water or use your finger across both dry-run protection sensors
- Make sure the solar panel is in full sun (and it’s sunny).
- If your pump doesn’t work or turn on (make any noise), follow the next step. If it does turn on, and pump water, we know your solar panel and solar pump are in good condition.
- If your solar pump doesn’t turn on, we will then want to take apart the pump (per the below videos), make sure all debris are removed from the impeller
- Put the solar panel in the sun again (and make sure pump in the water, this time, you want to leave the impeller loose inside of the pump (so you can see if the impeller is turning), if NOT, then you either have a bad connection (between the solar panel connector and the pump connector) or a pump which may need to be replaced. Give us a call and we can complete the final check to get you a new pump.
We’ve included several guides below depending on which solar pump you have. We recommend cleaning your solar pump at least once a season.