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Well pump
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randy    Posted 07-05-2004 at 16:08:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am having problems with my well pump. Woke this morning without water and after checking my well house I found my pump was hot and not running. After disconnecting power and letting the pump cool down all I got was a humming motor once power was restored. Further inspection revealed a pressure tank that was full of water.I have changed the tank and pressuse switch. Now the pump comes on but still it gets warm sometimes and starts it's humming when it cycles again.After getting irritated enough to take a wack at the pump with my channel locks I found a tap with with a hard object on the pump starts it's cycle and stops the humming. Is my pump trash or can it be fixed with a simple part? thanks for any info.

Ron/PA    Posted 07-05-2004 at 16:21:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Randy, it's entirely possible you can repair your pump motor with a can of contact cleaner. No promises but it sounds like you may have overheated it and now the contacts aren't closing correctly.
Clod's right, it would sure be a big help to know the brand, HP rating, voltage and the depth of the well.
Is your pump trash? Probably, but you may be able to eek another year out of it. If not then perhaps a good cleaning will do it and you can get away with it.

Clod    Posted 07-05-2004 at 16:13:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
You failed to mention the brand.model,,size and any info there. These guys have soved most pump questions here but you need to devulge more info..I will call in our team of experts if you post the info.They are all out on their front porches waiting for problems to solve.

randy    Posted 07-05-2004 at 16:24:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the pump is a one half hp shallow well made by sta-rite model # c48h2ec11

Salmoneye    Posted 07-05-2004 at 17:10:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like the pump needs to be rebuilt...Usually vanes/impeller, bearings and gaskets...I have been to the Sta-Rite site and they do not make that model anymore, but most shallow well pumps of any quality can be rebuilt...

You may need a motor now too...I suspect the original problem was that the pump locked up and burned the motor...

Burrhead    Posted 07-05-2004 at 19:15:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye that Sta Rite is aggravating but I have 2 of them here's what happens most times with these when it does the overheat buzz.

The motor over heats and throws crud onto the ammeter. If he takes the end cover off and cleans the ammeter with brake cleaner like Ron says it will probly go another 1 maybe 2 years.

The other thing I've had mine do is to lose partial contact on one side of the points, that especially true if you run it 110 volt, if you want to run it on 220 volt setup it will still do the same thing but not as often.

Cleanliness is godliness at StayRite. On the good side if it has burnt up and died a replacement Sta Rite is only about $75 at Lowe's.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-06-2004 at 02:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the info...

I'll know to avoid them ;-)

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