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Another Jet pump well question from the Rookies
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Annie in KY    Posted 06-10-2003 at 05:49:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Okay, the well is working and we have water! But, the Jet pump keeps running and pressure guage is staying at 58 lbs and not turning off (it is set for 60 lbs to turn off) if we turn off the power switch to pump and turn it right back on it immediately jumps up to 60 lbs and shuts off like it should. Could the lbs of air pressure we have in the bladder effect this? What should we check next? and what else should we adjust? Oh, if I had a submersible! But, our pump is only a couple of years old and we're trying to not spend $$ if we don't have to. Thanks for all your replies in advance.

Annie in KY    Posted 06-11-2003 at 06:57:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you all very much. We replaced the pressure switch ($12) and the pressure line and fittings ($2) Total $14 and all is running great now!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Annie

Man, that's great-    Posted 06-11-2003 at 09:37:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I'm grinning. Good news will do that to a body. Here at our place we know what you mean about solving a problem together, and cheaply.
You got any small critters there? Thank you for getting back to all of us.

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YAHOO !!!!!!!!!

Mike D.

Annie in KY    Posted 06-11-2003 at 10:05:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, it does put a grin on your face and I slept well last night w/o the worry. We have 2 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 33 chickens and 2 goldfish. Those are all my stress relievers.

Ron/PA    Posted 06-10-2003 at 09:31:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Annie, when you pull the cover off of your pressure switch, do you see a threaded rod with a nut on it, sticking out the top? If you do that is your pressure controll, either tighten the nut or loosen it until the pump will trip the switch, most of these are adjustable, if it isn't get one that is, they aren't that much and the adjustments will save alot of wear and tear on your pump.

Andy Watt    Posted 07-15-2003 at 20:12:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am purchasing a property with a shallow jet pump well. The water was contaminated but we now have a clean bill of health (being confirmed by another sample). My questions knowing little about country living and wells are.

1 Could I tap the casing to insert a fitting a fitting for chlorine injection if required with out loosing suction?

2 Do I need to store water to reprime the well or is the suction head normally in the water ?

3 Should I consider fitting ativacume devices specially in the line from the pump to the animal water spigot? Should I consider a small tank with a float to try and introduce an air gap prior to the water being fed to the troughs. I wonder if this is how the contamination entered the well, i.e. hose lying on the ground or in the troughs?

4 Is it desirable to fit a vacume breaker in the line which feed the house?

5 Any good links to understand how a jet pump works?

Thanks for advice in advance from me who is trying to climb to the great height of "rookie status".

Regards Andy Watt

Holy Mackeral ! you too?    Posted 06-10-2003 at 07:17:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is exactly what our pump did a few years ago. Drove me nuts. It was decided that the pump had weakened and would not keep pressure up. As a short term measure we decided to replace the pressure switch with a lower pressure one that we had some where out in a building in a box, or bucket. Nobody knew for sure. hehehe
That was when I discovered that the contact points on the old pressure switch were nearly broken off! Off to town for a new correct p.s.i. switch. We put the switch on and in 10 minutes time the problem was solved. We looked at each other and grinned like we had found the fountain of youth!
Just maybe this will work for you. I hope so. I'm still grinnig that it was our solution. Best of luck to you. Mike D.

Red Dave    Posted 06-10-2003 at 06:54:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may have some wear in the jet itself. Over time, with use, the jet inside diameter will increase. That makes the water going through it lose a little velocity and the jet becomes less efficient. When this happens, it's harder for the pump to attain higher pressures. When you turn it off and back on, the starting surge is probably enough to get it to shut off for now.
I don't think the air bladder would cause your problem.

Willy-N Great Site    Posted 06-10-2003 at 06:50:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a great site about Jet Pumps. Lots of information and a good trouble shooting section. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 06-10-2003 at 17:26:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. needed that! I didnt know how to advize on this jet well thing.

Willy-N    Posted 06-10-2003 at 23:51:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Google Search has tons of information on matters like this. I use it quite often. It is and you can find out anything just typing it in the search bar. Mark H.

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