Well pump starts late

Old 12-26-05, 02:39 PM
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About one week ago I noticed that my water flow would drop off about 50% and then, in about one to two seconds, return to normal. It feels like the pump should start sooner to maintain even flow. Most noticeable when in the shower. No other water problems. I have a residential well, pump and pressure tank. Pump and pressure tank between 5 and 10 yrs old.

Any thoughts?

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Old 12-27-05, 06:58 AM
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What pressure does the pump turn off and on at?
Old 12-27-05, 07:19 AM
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The precharge pressure in the pressure tank and the pump cutin pressure is too close together.
Drain your bladder tank completely and check the pressure. It should be 2 psi less than the pump cutin pressure (i.e. id the pump cuts in at 30 psi, the tank should have 28 psi of air in it).
This will allow the pump to start before the tank is empty, but still give you the drawdown necessary for a proper pump runtime.

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