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No water - Think it is pump problem
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Jean    Posted 08-25-2004 at 18:21:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! I live in an area where there is no plumber and have been waiting for 3 years for a well driller to drill a new well for me. He does not live in the area and is probably waiting for more than one job before coming here. Incidentally he is the only well driller within a couple of hundred miles. However, I am having a real problem right now. I have no water. It sounds like my jet pump is trying to start but nothing happens. I know the pump needs new bearings, which I have ordered, but who knows when my order will arrive. Could this problem be related to the bearings or could I have another problem. This happened about 10 days ago also, but in the middle of the night I heard the pump come on and there was no more problem until this evening.


TB    Posted 08-25-2004 at 19:05:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont Know? Could be related to bearings. But you really havent given us enough info on the pump itself and how its acting to make a good asesment of the problem. All we know is that it has bad bearings and wont run. I assume is't doing nothing at all. No humming buzzing no bubbling gurgling not runnig.In other words dead in the water? Did you reset the overload and do you have power? does it do aneything at all? Smell the moter around the vents, does it smell burnt?

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 21:47:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
jean, TB is correct you haven,t given us much information to go on to be able to try and help you, we will if we can but need more to go on.

Jean    Posted 08-26-2004 at 06:20:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Further to my original info. My pump is a 1/3 h.p.Monarch Model 3J720BS16. It does make a humming noise approximately every 5 minutes as if it is going to start but hasn't yet. My well is definitely not adequate, but normally when it is getting low I will get black sludge coming up, but not this time. The only time I usually have problems is when I have company, when I am here by myself it is normally okay.

I don't know how old the pump is as it was here when I bought the place six years ago.

I live in Canada 8 miles outside of a small town of 1,000 people, on a river. It has not been too dry here this summer, although the river is quite low, but the level of the river can be manipulated from upriver, so that is not really significant.

I don't know what else I can add. I do appreciate the replies so far. Jean

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-26-2004 at 09:00:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Canada Eh. remote area along a river. I bet I know why the well driller is not in any hurry to get to your place Jean. Might be your sitting on Rock and he's afraid he will have a hard time getting you a good well. Even with high unemployment it's hard to get some jobs done these days, contractors are pickey if the job looks the least bit difficult.
Later Bob

Willy-N    Posted 08-26-2004 at 07:19:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like to me your pump is Jamed or burnt out. What it is doing is tring to start and it can't so it heats up and the over load protection kicks out. The humming is the motor tring to turn. Reason it is doing it every 5 mins or so it takes that long to reset the over load protection. You pump sounds shot to me, you let it run to long with a bad bearing and probley destroyed the windings in the motor. Turn off the power to the pump befor you start a fire, do not leave it doing this!! You need to replace your pump. Mark H.

Jet9N    Posted 08-26-2004 at 12:07:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be the "starter switch" on the motor. This
is in the motor, not the contactor that starts the pump.

Just a thought.


Willy-N    Posted 08-26-2004 at 13:14:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
A motor that hums and then kicks the over load off a whole bunch of times in a row has 99% of the time ruined the windings do to over heating them. The windings get hot then the Over Heat/Load Protection turns the power off till it cools down and resets itself again. Sounds like a Clasical Locked Rotor problem to me. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 21:50:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
where do you live , has it been dry , could you be running low on water in your well , maybe thats why you hear it come on , it(the well) may be replinishing itself a little to let the pump try and pump you some water .

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