Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:27 pm

now thats a piece of machinery!! 8-)


on fire, sounds like a good start

you should be able to do a visual on the old and new switch and confirm if the "points" (contacts) are closed or open
they close thus compleating the circut when the pressure drops and water is needed thus conversly open when pressure is high and demand has been met....


hope its just a switch and all is "well" again soon :)
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:34 pm

009to090 wrote:It took 2 weeks to make it and a week to ship it, but well worth the wait


Ohhh, I don't think you can say that quite yet. Perhaps in 17 or 20 years that can be said. But... I DO think it will prove to be a good investment. :)
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:39 pm

Freddy wrote: Ohhh, I don't think you can say that quite yet. Perhaps in 17 or 20 years that can be said.

Thats true Freddy. But I like the fact it has no plastic, and I can get replacement parts from the manufacturer to fix it, should it ever fail. :up:
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:41 pm

Ok, so I took a pick of the setup. And I'm sorry, my pressure switch is more like 4' from where it's supposed to be.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:56 pm

I know why the switch is on the wall, It's to keep it out of the flood zone. Remember Oct? I would leave it on the wall, just check that the tube is clear.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:07 pm

Yep, when you replace the pressure switch, pull that tube and make sure it is clear.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: Dennis On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:10 pm

TURN OFF THE POWER TO THE PUMP and shut the water off to the house and shut off the main valve from the tank and disconect the copper coil pipe that goes to the pressure switch and clean it out, then just crack open the main valve slightly to let clean water flow out where you disconected the pressure coil pipe. My pressure pipe clogs up with silt and won't let the presure switch do it's thing. Hope that helps
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:35 pm

The house has never flooded prior to Irene in August. But I have an awesome sump pump now that's tied to my generator. Thing moves 72 gallons a minute. It's super cool. ;)

Anyway. I changed the switch; I didn't have time to clean the pipe but I did look in it and it's a bit rusty but overall looks ok. I was planning on going out tomorrow and picking up new pipe anyway; I was going to move it closer to the tank.

Anywho...

So, it turns out it WAS the switch because as soon as I turned the power back on it started to operate as normal. BUT, I noticed that as soon as it hits 60 pounds the pressure drops almost immediately then the pump turns back on. So, it does it A LOT. It did it 4 times while I was down there so, it's probably cycling on and off as I type this.

It did it prior to the other switch going bad too. Which, I'm sure contributed to the switch going bad in the first place. I'm guessing this is in relation to the air pressure in the tank or is it something else? I'm thinking it could be because the switch is so high on the wall and there is a crazy pressure drop once the pump turns off; but I'm not sure.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: Dennis On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:43 pm

clean the pressure pipe first. Maybe a 10 minute job. Or disconect the pressure switch and let water flow thru to see if it's obstructed.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:46 pm

Clean the pressure pipe.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:56 pm

Ok, I will clean the pipe tomorrow. Can't right now, I'm home with the baby alone for the evening.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:22 pm

Might, might not help---bleed the system
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:24 pm

I could try that tomorrow, Fred.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:55 pm

Check the check valve for dirt, It may not be sealing and letting the water run back down the well. I would still leave the switch on the wall.
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Re: Well Pump Runs...CONSTANTLY....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:20 pm

Ok, I'm assuming the check valve is on the line from the well on the right side of the pic I posted and it's halfway down;towards the tank?

Sorry if these questions seem really basic. But I've never worked on the well side other than changing the awitch two years ago.

Speaking of the pressure switch, is it normal for these things to go bad every two years? The one I originally replaced was all metal and a lot heavier and looked like it had been there for 30 years. These new ones seem very cheaply made.
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