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More well problems / questions
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paints    Posted 09-13-2004 at 17:57:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been following the well problems and suggestions for a while now and still haven't got mine working right yet.
When the system pressure drops to the 40 psi set point the pump only runs for 5 seconds or so and turns off. The pressure then is 58 psi. The symptoms point to the diaphram tank but I have disconnected the tank and it holds pressure at 38 psi overnight so I think the tank is OK.

The system worked before the house remodeling. During the remodel (several months) it was turned off. It is a jet pump with a 15 gpm output. The diapham tank (52 gal, 15 gal drawdown) was relocated about 75 feet from the pump/well but at the same elevation. The water line (1 1/2 in.)runs to the barn about 300 feet away.
There is a small leak in the line that I haven't been able to find as yet. The pressure switch is new (40 - 60 psi). I have checked for leaks at the well and foot and they hold pressure fine. Where do I look next??

Ron/PA    Posted 09-14-2004 at 05:40:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paints, I'm still betting that your problem is in the bladder. Just because you can hold a constant pressure all night, doesn't mean that the bladder isn't bad in the tank. What you are monitoring is the water pressure in the tank. There are several ways to attempt to check this. First, with the tank full of water, add air. If you can hear bubbles, you have a bladder leak. When the tank fills and shuts off, feel the top and bottom of the tank, one area should be warmer if not, you have a bladder leak.
Or, unhook a water line, then add air to the tank, if you can feel air coming out of the removed line, then the bladder is bad. All things considered, if I were heading out to this job, having heard these symptoms, I'd have a new tank in my truck. Odd's are I'd need it.
Good luck

Willy-N    Posted 09-13-2004 at 18:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to check the air pressure in your Bladder Tank. You must draw the water pressure down all the way to do this first. Then put a Air Gauge on the tank to see what the Bladder is charged at. It should be 5-Pounds less than the cut in pressure on the Well Pump so the Bladder will store the most amount of water for draw down use. Now the bladder will resist the water coming in and expand while the tank fills and allow you a large amount of water to be stored befor turning off the pump. Mark H.

here you go ....    Posted 09-13-2004 at 18:02:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
this could help ya....:)

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