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Pump keeps running
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Don    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:01:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My 1 h.p. motor, on my Ruth Berry pump and tank, won’t shut off. I replaced the regulator last week and it was working great. It only reaches about 33 psi, but needs to reach 50 to shut off. It stays at 33 psi and just keeps running. I soap checked all the connections, and there are no leaks. What’s my problem???


Jessie    Posted 03-07-2004 at 09:12:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Assuming you haven't got a major leak underground somewhere. Is your pump the old jet type or submersable? If the empellar is gone you may notice a slightly warm temp on the cold side at your kitchen faucet. Have you noticed any foreign substance in your ice which is white or gray? If not I'd first check the tank to see if the bladder is water log. Have you added any air pressure to the tank? Take the pressure gauge off and take a piece of wire and clean the hole out if it's clogged. Let me know what you find.


Red Dave    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:40:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Assuming that you haven't run out of water, it may be a worn pump impeller or jet (if it is a jet pump)
A worn impeller will lose efficiency over time and after while the pump has to much internal "slippage" and can't overcome enough back pressure anymore . A jet on a jet pump will also wear to a larger diameter, which lowers the velocity of the water flowing through it until there is not enough venturi effect for it to move water against pressure.


TB    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:36:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
What Kind of pump? could a number of things including maybe the blatter in the tank got saturated loosing its air pressur causing it to keep cyceling. Thair outhers an the board that knows more but may need more history of problem.


Sid    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:33:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard of Ruth Berry water systems. So I am assuming you are talking about a water system, and that you have checked the fitting on the pressure tank{soap checked all connections]. The fact that the pressure does not get above 33psi makes me think that it is a water supply problem. I would suggest the possibility that for some reason the pump is not moving water, perhaps your well is drying up, or you could have a hole in pipe in the well between the pump and the tank. If the tank is not water logged I think these would be the next things to check for.


Clipper    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:10:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like messed up contacts in the controller ....make sure ya got a good air charge in the tank and its not water-logged too.


deadcarp    Posted 03-07-2004 at 08:35:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i'd say. If the pump runs and you're not gaining pressure, either it's not pushing or you got a leak. somewhere. I'd cap off just past the pump, run it a few secs and see if it sounds like it's loading up & working harder. If not, go pump shopping or get a kit.


ice man    Posted 03-07-2004 at 12:58:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
it sounds like to me the points are sticking have you looked at them yet?or yes you might need a new prop but i don't think so..what kind of a pump do you have? find out and let me know..
ice man


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