Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 40
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PhatDad Do not buy this pump
I have managed my 18*36 in ground for 14 years using an old pump my dad gave me. When it finally quit I bought this pump and have nothing but troubles for the last 2 years. I returned the 1st one the same day it was purchased - The 2nd pump kept stopping needing to be reset about 100 times to clear the cover. Yesterday it worked great for about 5 hours but now will not start at all. These are junk.
April 13, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by fedup Not really worth it
Like most everyone else, I've had problems with this pump also. I just had my third one go up. There will not be a fourth. I got around the clogging issue by wrapping the entire pump with fiberglass window screen material to keep the leaves and small debris out. This one has a new twist in that it hums but does not pump. It did last longer than the other two (about one and a half winters). When it works, it does a good job pumping water especially when wrapped in screening to keep debris out. However, at the price it is not worth buying a new one every year or so. And the consumer should not have to correct design flaws.
April 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Eljefe Pump reliability
As others have said, this product is so poorly engineered, I cannot believe it is still marketable. First, there are NO warnings in the instruction manual that the ALL IMPORTANT power supply plug is NOT water resistant. Therefore, when the plug gets wet, this plug, which houses ALL of the electronics that supposedly controls all functions of the pump, fails. Flotec will NOT warrantee a plug replacement, and a replacement power cord/plug assy. costs $80.00, almost as much as the pump. This is ridiculous. Persons requiring a cover pump are well advised to look elsewhere for said pump.
October 29, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by 2chill Flotec pool cover pump.
If you like wasting your money, buy this item. The unit comes with a circuit breaker in the plug which keeps tripping for no reason at all. The first unit I bought was returned for this problem. The second unit - same thing. I got fed up and cut the circuit breaker plug off and installed a regular plug. At least that problem was solved. The unit pumps the water off OK but always clogs up. Every other day, I had to open it up, unclog the too small filter screen and reassemble everything. Then the automatic shut off went bad and the unit kept running while the cover was dry. Today the whole unit completely stopped working. Going in the gargage and buying another brand. Overall, 3 years of misery with this piece of junk.
June 2, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by FrankBiz Not worth the money, junk!
I bought this unit a little over 2 years ago and it stopped working. I always kept it clean, took it in after draining the cover, never left it outside overnight. It finally without warning died. I thought moisture got into the ground fault plug so I took it off and attached a 3 prong plug to the cord and plugged it into the ground fault outlet at my deck. Still nothing. As from what I can see from all the other reviews I'm not alone, junk.
November 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Runs for maybe 10 sec
Do not buy! Runs for seconds then shuts off. This product is junk
January 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Blah Worst product ever
Pump runs for couple of seconds, goes into slumber mode FORVEVER. Poor engineering and awful product. Better off syphoning water!
December 3, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TLLR Bad Pump!!
I just returned my 4th Flowtech pool pump in 6 years. This pump is absolutely the worst product on the market! If i could have given it less than 1 star, i certaily would have. To start, it is very poorly designed. It is very top heavy and is designed to eject the water out the top of the pump, leading to the device leaning and sometimes tipping over. Additionally, the pump does not remain on even when there is ample water to be moved off the pool cover. It will run for about 15 seconds, then shut off. After about 1 minute, it will again run for 15 seconds and shut off again. This process continues without the pump ever turning on and staying on. The manufacturer says it is because the pump senses "back pressure" caused by the hose being too narrow. When I swithched from 5/8 to 3/4, as per the instructions, it did not help. Switching from 3/4 to 1.5 inch, still did not resolve the issue. Luckily, Home Depot was kind enough to give me my money back when I attempted to return it. I just purchased the Wayne 1/4hp pump and am delighted with it. If you are considering the Flowtech, i strongly urge you to save yourself the headaches and buy the Wayne instead.
November 10, 2014