The Flotec 1/2 HP Shallow-Well Jet Pump has a heavy-duty 115-volt motor and fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic pump housing that helps resist corrosion. This jet pump features a pre-wired pressure switch, and itself primes after the housing is initially filled with water. The pump comes ready to install and is designed for wells with pumping levels of 25 ft. or less.
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67%of customersrecommend this product10 of 15reviews
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Ease of installation
67%of customersrecommend this product10 of 15reviews
I had a contractor replace our old well pump with this one and I got 7 months out of it before the motor seized. Replaced that pump with a new one and after 6 weeks the pump would turn on and then shut right off. The well pump is located under my house in the crawl space. It's dry and not that cold under there. I'm an electrician and I ran a fresh 20 amp line over just for the pump. Anyways I returned that pump to HD and the girl I had was great. She returned the pump no questions asked. She had told me that they get a lot of a Flotec returns especially on sump pumps. I got another 4012 pump installed it January 25 2014 and yesterday February 04 2014 I have no water and the pump constantly runs. 3 pumps in less than a year. I will never buy this brand again.
While it is labeled a model FP4012 it is not the model FP4012 that came on the pump/tank combo I bought a few years ago. I went with this model because I wanted something that would go in quick and easy, instead of opting for a compatible model for $71 less. When I got it home I found out that the specs on this one were not the same as on the FP4012 that I took off my pump/tank combo that I purchased at this store a few years earlier. I was even assured by an associate that this would fit with no additional fittings, just thread tape. When I got the pump attached to the tank I realized that the output was 1/4" larger on the new one than on the original and that the new one sits up about 2" higher. This means my pipes do not fit.
I installed this pump when previous one failed. A few things to remember: 1. The ports sizes might not be the same as your previous pump so you will need an appropriately sized adapter for your system 2. You may want to replace your existing check valve. 3. It's unlikely that your existing plumbing will fit exactly so don't forget any other fittings you might need. 4. Note there is no gauge, so you will need some other method for verifying the output pressure for setting your cut-off pressures with your pressure tank....or install a tee at the output and install a gauge <---Good idea! 5. While it's listed as self-priming, it really does require priming to get it running. Priming the pump requires that you fill the inlet side of the pump as well as filling the out port. You may want to put a tee between the check valve and the inlet of the pump with a plug in it so you can fill the inlet end easily, should you ever need to (i.e. after winterizing etc.) <--- Another good idea. 6. When you are installing anything directly to this pump, ensure that you use a good quality pipe sealant paste, not teflon tape....it just makes life easier and prevents leaks. 7. The threads are all cut into the plastic, so do not over tighten the fittings otherwise you will strip out the threads. <--- Not a good idea.
This pump and associated 19 gal tank replaced a 20 year old Gould system with worn impeller. I search Gould vs others and found that the heart of the Flotec pump (motor) was the same highly respected AO Smith motor assembled in USA as in the Gould unit. Fiberglass pump housing immediately improved water taste by removing very rusty and somewhat clogged cast iron unit and associated fittings. If impeller wears it is an easy replace, where the cast iron Gould was totally frozen and could not be disassembled without damage. Pump adequately marked not to over tighten fittings as you do with cast iron, so switch to PVC connections to avoid any risk here. I don't have much sympathy for people who ignore this warning. Delivers water at volume and pressure just as advertised.
Pros: Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
i have had this pump for three years now and have not had any problems. i replaced the old 3/4 horse pump and was surprised how strong the water pressure is with this flotec. its very quiet and comes ready to install right out of the box.
I have been through two of these, they seem to burn out/stop working after a year and a half. I figured I would give them the benifit of the doubt after the first pump burned out, then like clockwork the second one stopped pumping two years and one month after installing it. They are easy to install just like any other pump, cheap junk doesnt last. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME and MONEY. spend a little more and buy something that will last!!
I got this pump for a well I drilled with my own home-made rig. The 1-1/4" well screen starts at about 29 feet down and is about 4 feet long. The water level is at about 19 feet below the ground so I went with this shallow well pump. It works great! It has no problem pressurizing the system I have set up with a pressurized diaphragm tank. Output volume is about 4 gpm with the water level at 19 feet. I expect it would improve if the water level were higher. And I'm not sure if the screen being almost 30 feet down effects it as well, but I'm happy with it. It runs about 6 hours per day (3 in the AM and 3 in the evening) to feed a large storage tank to irrigate my lawn and landscaping. It is a bit loud. Louder than the 1-1/2 hp sprinkler pump I have set up to feed the sprinklers. But for the money it is just what I needed.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
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Review 11 for 1/2 HP Shallow-Well Jet Pump
Great customer service
PostedMarch 20, 2012
Ease of installation
I wanted to install the pump in a non-standard way so I contacted Flotec customer service for advice. I got a prompt and very helpful reply. The pump has been working without problems so far.
I also adjusted the pressure switch from 30/50 to 40/60 psi, the instructions were easy to follow.
The delivery was quick. The pump was a "like kind" purchase but the dimensions had changed due to the polymer pump housing. (Longer and taller) This made installation a little tricky. Made you need to buy the tank with the pump. None the less a few elbows and couplings later all was good. The pump is quieter and delivers more volume than expected.
Instructions were only adequate. Someone without plumbing skills would probably be scratching their head trying to figure out where to put the gauge, what kind of sealant to use on the thermoplastic, etc.
I bought this pump in july and its now Jan. and the motor keeps triping out on thermal protection. The pump is not used much just 2 of us and not home all that much. I cant return it to the store because its more than 90 days and they cant find record of it. Could send it to flow tech and pay all shipping for them to tell me its not covered and be with out water for a few days or weeks by that time i could buy a new pump. They get you one way I guess. You get what you pay for thats why its cheaper than others
i hope i get longer life out of my second pump. i purchased one on 3/06/2013 and within a wk. the pressure switch quit working..then on 3/25/2013 the pump wouldn't run it was tied up..and smelled like it burnt up..
This is our second flotec pump for our rainwater collection water system (over 16 years). So I guess they are pretty good quality. And certainly a value for the money. Ease of installation is up to your experience I suppose, but it's not rocket science.