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Model: N98
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Primary Sumps Pumps
GPH
4320
Gallons
Switch Type


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***NON-AUTOMATIC - Requires Float Switch***

Submersible Cast Iron Sump Pump
Offers years of reliable, trouble-free operation

No Sheet Metal Parts To Rust Or Corrode
Stainless steel screws, guard, handle, arm and seal assembly

Thermally Protected, Permanent Split Capacitor Motor
Oil-filled and hermetically sealed to prevent overheating

Carbon & Ceramic Shaft Seal
Assures maximum protection for extended pump life

Powder Coated Epoxy Finish
Provides a corrosion resistant exterior

Clog-Resistant Design
No screen to interfere with flowing debris
Capable of passing 1/2" diameter solids

Industry Leading Quality Control
Entire unit is pressure tested after assembly


Base
Min Sump Basin Size
18 Inch
Motor
Voltage
120 Volt
Running Amps
9.4
Thermal Protection
Yes
Power Cord Length
15 Feet
Oil Free Motor
No
Starting Amps
29.2
Engine
Horsepower
.5 hp
Pump
Housing Material
Cast Iron
Solids Handling Size
.5 inch
GPH @ 0 feet
4320
GPH @ 5 feet
4320
GPH @ 10 feet
3660
GPH @ 15 feet
2700
GPH @ 20 feet
1500
Discharge Port Size
1-1/2 Inch
Built-in check Valve
No
Manual Override
Yes
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
38 Pounds
Product Length
10.125 Inches
Product Width
7.875 Inches
Product Height
12.06 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
053514029470
Model
N98
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  6 Questions
Q: With 29.2 start up amps. Will this run on a 15 amp circuit?
by David from Wisconsin on December 22, 2014

A: Thank you for visiting Sump Pumps Direct. Unfortunately, this is a question that I cannot answer. As with any sump, sewage or other pump installation, all electrical connections need to be done in accordance with NEC (National Electric Code) and state and local electric codes.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: My Zoller pump has a threaded female connector on the body. What am I expected to put between the pump body and the bottom clamp of this check valve?
by BN from California on September 17, 2014

A: Typical installations will include the discharge PVC Sch40 pipe screwed into the pump discharge port and extending approximately 2-3 feet above the sump basin cover. At this point, you could attach the check valve and then complete your discharge configuration. This method would allow for an easier access point for you to service your pump.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: which float switches will work with the Zoeller N98 with its 29.2 amp start up?
by Levi from Iowa on September 08, 2013

A: With a running amp rating of 9.4, any of our float switches would be compatible with the Zoeller model N98 pump. The float switches we currently offer are rated to handle any sump pump rated at a 1/2HP and 15 running amps or less.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: Is this pump capable of handling water softener and washing machine discharge?

if not, which brand/model can?

by Steve K from Wisconsin on June 06, 2013

A: Generally, sump pumps are not recommended for use in a water softener and/or laundry application. Just about all manufacturers will void the warranty if the pump is installed and fails in this application. You might check out our selection of LAUNDRY / DRAIN PUMP SYSTEMS as most of these self contained systems are designed for laundry and water softener applications.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: can this pump run continous 24/7. t be used in a exterior feature
by Paul from Illinois on April 30, 2012

A: The Zoeller pumps are not designed to operate continuously. A better option would be the StormPro model BA-50M. While the StormPro pump comes with an adjustable vertical float switch, you can use the pump without the switch. Also, please note that for continuous operation, the pump must be 3/4 submerged at all times.
by Jim, Product Expert
Q: I am torn between which Zoeller pump would be best for my application. My basement is 104' and currently takes in approximately 3" of water when there is a hard rain. The water is only on one side of the basement and never comes up on the other. Would you recommend a 1/3 hp or 1/2?
by Joe from New Jersey on January 15, 2012

A: Without knowing more specifics like the water table, area of the country you live in, actual square footage of your basement, etc., it really is difficult to answer. I can tell you that most average sized homes in an average water table area can usually get away with a 1/3HP or 1/2HP pump. Beware of over-sizing the pump as it could cause the pump to cycle too frequently thereby reducing the life of the pump. You don't want to just install a 3/4HP or 1HP pump just for the sake of it.
by Jim, Product Expert
Zoeller N98 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Durable (11)
High Quality (11)
Reliable (9)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Price (5)
Cons
Packaging (3)
Heavy (3)
Expensive (2)
Bad Instructions (1)
Low Quality (1)
95% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
29 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Alex T.
Brunswick, OH
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/29/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
20
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Solid Pump. Using It With A Zoeller Quiet Check Valve Which
Nice solid pump replacing an old Zoeller pump. Using it with a Zoeller quiet check valve which works great. Nice and quiet. I already had a float switch which worked with this pump. Saved some money reusing the switch.
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Reliable, Quiet
Cons: Expensive
Alex Recommends This Zoeller Product
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Michael P.
Dundee, MI
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/18/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
23
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Premature Death
This seemed like a very nice sump pump right up until it died last night. I bought this because of all the rave reviews and because it was made in the U.S.A. I purchased this pump on 5/18/2016. It didn't even last one full year. Even the cheapo Chinese ones last 2 to 3 years. I have an electronic float so I purchased this pump without a switch. Since switches are the main failure point. This is the first pump that just seized up overnight. The water is clear and the pump is sitting above the... more
Cons: Low Quality
Michael Does Not Recommend This Product
Jim, the Sump Pump Expert
Product Expert
Michael,
Typically, debris is the likely cause of a pump being seized up. You may want to remove the pump and inspect it. Since the pump is less than a year old, I would contact Zoeller directly @ (800) 928-7867 for warranty information.
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James V.
South Bend, IN
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/16/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Pump Seems Great
Works very well, and very quiet compared to what it replaced.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Price, Quiet, Easy To Use
James Recommends This Zoeller Product
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Paris B.
Pismo Beach, CA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 1/9/17
REVIEWED
JAN.
30
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Is The Only Pump I Would Purchase
I love this pump. Fixing our ground water over 6 years ago, my contractor installed a Zoeller N98. I had no knowledge of what type of any pump I would need for our ground water situation. I must pump out about 10 to 100 gallons a day, thats right! Especially when it rains as all our house surface drains and down spouts pour into the catch basin. They pump works like a clock, quite efficient with no issues. I had to change one out about 5 years later, I thought I would need a plumber, but... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Heavy, Packaging
Paris Recommends This Zoeller Product
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Melissa B.
Channahon, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 11/28/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Sump Pump
I bought this pump to replace a Zoeller 98 that died after 3 1/2 years. A little shorter lifespan than I had hoped for. I think it died prematurely because there wasn't a lot of room for adjusting, so it ran too often.

That's why I decided to go with the N98. Without having to deal with an integrated float, you have much more room for adjustment. I also purchased the Zoeller Level Guard for this pump, and am very happy with both. They were easy to install, and work wonderfully. The... more
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet, Fast
Cons: Expensive
Melissa Recommends This Zoeller Product
Melissa's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"My order arrived in perfect condition, and quickly."
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Bradley W.
Backus, MN
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 6/10/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pump Replacement
My original Zoeller pump was purchased in 2001 and recently needed replacement. I bought my replacement from Sump Pumps direct for less than I paid locally back in 2001 for my original pump. I can only hope that the replacement lasts as long as the original. The shipping was free and fast. All I had to do was pull the old one and install the new one, a process that took all of twenty minutes. So far, so good and that's what I expected. I hope to do business with you in again in another... more
Pros: Durable, Price, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Bradley Recommends This Zoeller Product
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Paul
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/28/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
18
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pump Is Great, Shipping Box Was Very Poor
The pump is great and must be nearly indestructible because the box was very thin cardboard and was severely torn in shipping and handling and taped together. I think it was FedEx. To my amazement, the pump was undamaged. The cardboard box was almost unrecognizable under the massive amount of tape holding it together.
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Mac
Rosemont, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 9/29/11
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
21
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Level Guard
After talking to several of my friends who are plumbers, the name level guard came up several times. Although my sump pump is new, it had a long range before starting and stopping which made me feel uneasy. The level guard is easy to install and keeps my sump level where I feel is adequate.
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Michael S.
Kildeer, IL
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 3/26/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
High Quality
My house sits at the bottom of a subdivision which means the water table sits high on my property. On average, my pump will kick off once every 30 seconds. The N98 handles it with no problem, and has been in place now for two years with no issues. I just ordered another N98 for back up, but so far the current unit is running just fine. Once every 30 seconds for two years is a lot for any pump, but the N98 shows no signs of slowing down.
Michael Recommends This Zoeller Product
Michael's Experience With Sump Pumps Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great buy."
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Marc K.
Hidden Hills, CA
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 10/16/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Pump
Replaced 2 Pumps. These Pumps Rock!!! Highly Recommended!
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Marc Recommends This Zoeller Product
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Cliff
San Antonio, TX
Purchased from Sump Pumps Direct
Purchased 5/25/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pump It
I bought the pump to empty my swimming pool. Had a quarter horse that took two days to empty the pool. This new Zoeller did the job in four hours, I had a river running in my back yard. This pump is exactly what I needed.
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