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Well pump help from Toolman
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Judy in NC    Posted 08-04-2004 at 16:42:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hello sir. I want to thank you again for all the help you have offered regarding my well pump problems.

I am still at square one.

To recap my problem:
the pump motor runs but no water comes out the line. The prime bolt has water right up to the top, but I have been told (over the phone by a local plumber) that I could still have an air lock. It appeared to you (and me) when I posted my message before that the impeller might not be turning.

I have been to Lowe's and the plumbing sales clerk there very freely gave his time to show me their pumps and to explain how to access the impeller to see if it is turning.

Well, I took the two bolts off the back of the head, and the four bolts on the front that secure the motor to it, and still can't seem to get the head to split so that I can tell for sure if the impeller is turning.

Whatever that is in the center of the picture here, does spin when power is applied, but I'm not sure that is attached to the impeller fins (it looks to be, but since I can't see the fins, I'm not sure).

I have tried using the heel of my hand over the pipe with the prime bolt removed (as you suggested) but it doesn't seem to help. I see a slow bubble each time I remove my hand, but no real movement of the water.

I'm sorry to be such a bother, but at $90. and hour to call the plumber out, I'd rather take care of this myself if there is anyway possible.

If ANYONE has any suggestions, I am all ears! :-)

Thank you,

Judy in NC

Kellyb    Posted 08-04-2004 at 18:22:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hate to tell you this.. we have a similar
problem.. I'm trying to recall yours.. the pump
runs consistently right? Our pump has a leak
underground and our "super" plumber from day old
ages has yet to figure it out.. Best guess is the
plumbing that is leaking is under the cement
garage that they built on in the 70's. We just
turn the pump on that goes to the barn when we
need water for the animals .. then crawl under the
housing and turn it back off when the troughs are
full .. 2 solutions.. dig up the kitchen and or
garage to look for leak OR dig a new well.. I'm
betting you have a si

cachon    Posted 08-04-2004 at 17:07:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Judy,when you fill the prime hole,and replace the cap(bolt)...try leaving teh bolt off and quickly turn teh pump on,if your impeller is turning it will shoot that water right back out,if not it will stay there or go down...just a thought. btw that center thing turning when you turn ont eh pum is the end of the motor shaft I believe.

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-04-2004 at 18:23:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a thought, is the well dry? Stick a pencil into the center hole and see if you can feel the impeller blades to the outside of the hole.
Later Bob

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