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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well pump question

I notice lately that the water coming out of the shower or spigot, tends to speed up and slow down rather than just run continuously at a steady rate. It seems like my pump is kicking on more often. I checked the pressure on the bladder tank, and it is at 25 pounds, which I assume is adequate. There are no leaks that I know of and the pump doesn't just kick on for no reason (such as a leak might cause) Is there anything else I should be looking at? What other things may fail or wear out that would effect water pressure in the lines?

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Re: Well pump question

Possibly a bad check valve? How's the pressure switch? I think mine is set of 20/40.

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Re: Well pump question

waterlogged pressure tank??

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Re: Well pump question

Did you check the pressure in the bladder tank without any water pressure in the line. Usually the bladder pressure is two pounds + or - a pound or so below the kick-on pressure setting for your pump. Turn off your pump, drain the tank , then check the bladder pressure.
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Re: Well pump question

How do you know what you tank should be? I believe I have a system like Danesdad. I don't have a jet pump. I have one of the old above ground pumps in my basement. I can guarantee my pump will start to run if I take a shower. Any way to increase the pressure?
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Re: Well pump question

Yeah, I'm not sure what the pressure should be, but I checked bladder pressure with the system charged. I believe the actual pump is in the well pipe. Can I look at the pressure switch and tell what it should be?

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Re: Well pump question

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waterlogged pressure tank??
I replaced that bladder tank about six or seven years ago. How long do they last? It seems to maintain pressure but maybe that was the pump that was doing that.

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Might say inside the switch cover, guessing you don't have a gauge in the line? Charge pressure should be on the tank,
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waterlogged pressure tank??
Yep. Sounds like the bladder has a leak inside the tank.
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Re: Well pump question

with all the pressure off your tank ( all water drained) with an air gauge, you should read the pressure your upper limit is set for. In your case it should read 40psi. Is your pump kicking on when there is no water being used? Mine does that, and further investigation shows I have a slow leakdown in the feed,. Our guess is the check valve at the pump is weak or leaky. If you have a small compressor, put sir in the valve on the tank up to 40psi, then monitor it for a while.

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