Coffee in hand, DVC500 is out, but Ooohhhhh, not a good morning for us.
Looks like we lost our well pump.
Yesterdy, I had discovered that one leg of the 240v had been arcing at the Pressure Switch Tension Clamp so bad, it burned clean thru Tension Clamp, and the 10ga copper wire had also burned thru. So.... the pump had only been running on one leg, or 120v, for who knows how long.
Symptoms were, over the past few months: The Water Pressure would noticably drop, while showering or washing dishes, to the point where it would seem like it only had 5 PSI. Wait a minute, wait a minute.... NOW the pump kicks in and back to 40 PSI. Not full pressure, but ok.
Now for the past 4 days, the Water Pressure would drop off, completely to zero. Wait 5 minutes, now back to 40 PSI water pressure again.
I replaced the pressure switch and new gauge yesterday. Added a new manual ON/OFF switch too, as the old switch and switch box had corroded to the point the previous owner just cut it out of the loop and left it on the ground.
Still have the same symtoms. SO I believe one phase of the pump moter fried, and the other phase is struggling to turn the pump and maintain the pressure. Its struggling so hard it is tripping the Heat overload relay on the pump. It must take it 5 minutes to cool down, then the pump pushes the water pressure slowly back up to 40 PSI.
The Pressure switch is not turning off the pump motor, since it never gets to 60 PSI. Its the thermo relay on the pump motor that is doing all the controlling right now.
Time for a new pump
Can anyone recommend a good brand? I heard the Lowes brand is garbage. I was just there and ALL the water pump supplies are, you guessed it, MADEINCHINA.
I got my eyes on a 1 HP Red Lion 240v 2-wire, 13 GPM Deep well pump. Its around $500, but it might be worth it. 3 year warrenty. It can push a head of close to 300', but should last alot longer in a 150' deep well. Oh yeah, I don't have a clue as to how deep this well is. It is not marked in the usual places. Could be 120' or it could be 300'. I'll find that out when I pull the old pump.