I am one of the early converts to the LQ: I am on at least my 5th year with it. The only problem I have ever had with mine is the outflow float. The post has deteriorated and fallen off of two separate assemblies. Now I have just hooked a direct connection through the outflow port into the hose and into the regulation valve and it has me wondering....Do you really even need the outflow float?? What does it really do? Why should you care if the LQ drains down to the level of the outflow hole when the pump shuts off?