High-quality sump pumps do have a long life-span and definitely work for a long time. Usually, they do not give you many problems and can be either electrically run or battery-operated or even a mixture of both. Their price usually ranges anywhere from $200 to $1500, depending on their quality and brand. Depending onl the quality and brand, sump pumps certainly work for a couple of years until finally they do start to show the problem. In addition to these costs, many individuals experience issues with their pumps when they stop working. Although some of these can be caused by manufacturer error, in some instances, sump pumps stop working because the owner failed to maintain it.