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Well pump system problems
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Dennis    Posted 08-22-2004 at 14:22:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My well was set to come on at 42 psi and off at 65 psi. Recently it would not go above 45 psi and kept running all the time. I put in a new pressure switch - a 30 - 50 - and it would pump up to 30 psi and no higher with the pump continuing to run. When I turned on a faucet it would bleed the system to zero and then I would have to re-pressurize the tank and switch the breaker on/off to get it to fill to 30 again and then repeat the above. My pressure tank also lost pressure over night. I put the old pressure switch back on it it is coming on at 20 and off at 42 but the pump is shutting off now and not running all of the time ie; seems to be working normal The local plumber says I have a leak in my submersible pump and need to pull it. ANY suggestions would be extremely appreciated. Thanks!

Alex    Posted 08-22-2004 at 16:50:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Dennis,

This is a deep subject, so bewarned I may get off track.

Have you tested your pressure gauge? Your description has pressures all over the place. Unless you adjusted the presure switch, just removing it and replacing it, after installing the new pressure switch, should not change it's operating characteristics...... Unless it is faulty. Have you bench tested your pressure switches and gauge?

When you close the outflow isolation valve, the one that isolates all systems outside of the pump house, are the symptons the same? If it acts normal with the outlet shut you could have a underground leaker.

"When I turned on a faucet it would bleed the system to zero and then I would have to re-pressurize the tank and switch the breaker on/off to get it to fill to 30 again and then repeat the above"

Do you have a bladder tank?
That is a storage tank with an bladder that contains the water and you add air to the space above it, with a tire air-chuck.

If not, some tanks have a self-priming system that adds a little air everytime the pump kicks on. There is a valve a few feet below the well cap that allows this to happen. If it does not seal when the pump kicks on you could be recirculating water back to the well, thus not able to build sufficent pressure to to cycle properly.

Pull the cover off of your well casing, and listen while the pump is running.

Shine a flashlight down the hole, you'll see a fitting going out the side of your well casing a couple of feet down (it varies in N.Dakota where it gets really cold it might be eight feet down the level they bury their water pipes. In Millburn, New Jersey it might be three feet)the air valve would be there if you have that type of system.

Then again it could be your pump is old and tired, not pumping efficently.

Why are you having to turn the breaker on/off, it sounds as if you're tripping the breaker, not getting the trip indication.

If this does help post back with your findings. There are a few otherthings we could have a look at.


Alex    Posted 08-22-2004 at 17:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]

Try the link below.


Clod    Posted 08-22-2004 at 16:44:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know.The plumber is likely right but if you pull it then you will know for sure.Wells and pumps seem to be the most asked question here. We need a special pump/well section with the previous answers on a list.

Clod    Posted 08-22-2004 at 17:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
My boss has a camp out in the woods.As he often does,He made some folks out there angry.So they dumped dry cement in his well. Is there any easy fix for this? I thought about lowering a 12 guage round in a pipe with a cigar lighter element with wires and try blowing a hole above the cement.

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-22-2004 at 18:26:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod convert one of your Mud pumps to a Cement pump and just pump it out for him.
Later Bob

Alex    Posted 08-22-2004 at 17:55:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

How deep is the well"
How big is the well casing?
Does the casing go all the way down?
What's the static water level?
What is the pump level?
Is there water above the plug?

Iffen it were my well,

I'ld find a heavy plum-bob,

a long cable,

a tripod carrying a sheeve.

First I'ld set the tripod over the well head, pass the cable through the sheeve, tie on the really heavy duty homemade 330# plum-bob.

Now toss that sucker down the well.

Then I'ld hook the free end of the cable to the fly wheel on the old hay baler I borrowed from the BIL, and redrill my well.


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