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Pump problem
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D.Griffin    Posted 06-07-2002 at 18:46:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our pump will not build up enough pressure to turn itself off, even with no outflow. the check valve works. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Thanks

realfarmer    Posted 06-07-2002 at 22:14:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may have a hole in the pipe in the well- recirculating the water. Could be a bad pressure control switch-$15. Could be a water-logged supply tank - either bladder or not. Drain the tank and restart pump. Tank needs some air inside to push water through your system.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-07-2002 at 22:21:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
All good points! If the bladder is water logged it will never shut off unless you stop using water. A pin hole might let enought water out to never reach shut off limints of you switch. Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-07-2002 at 22:13:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just another point. If you have a lot of sand being pumped in your water it can wear your impellers down and lower the pressure you pump can put out due to losing the close tolerance in the pump blades. Your foot valve won't make a difference in the pressure just in holdng the prime. Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-07-2002 at 21:15:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure how much pressure your pump is designed to put out. If the pressure switch is getting bad it might not have enought poop to push it past that point. You may be out of adjustment on your pressure settings and if you have a gauge is it reading correctly? A pump is designed to put out just so much pressure then no more and if you have hit your limint that's it. My pump can put out around 175 psi (never would let it get that high) I have a safty blow off just incase. Your pump may not be a deep well pump and not be able to put out much more than 50-60 psi. Mark H.

Dennis    Posted 06-07-2002 at 20:31:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had the same problem years ago, points on limit switch were sticking, try to file yours if there are any and if that works replace the switch. I think it was called the limit switch?

As I said, it was years ago and newer systems might be different

Good luck and let us know what the resolution was.

cornfused    Posted 06-07-2002 at 19:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bad bladder tank or hole in the line from the well if the pump keeps running? Just guessing.

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