Well pump replacement

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Old 05-02-08, 04:22 PM
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Well pump replacement

We have a Myers pump catalog # HJ50D, serial # 9860293 that started squeeling two days ago. Sounds like a loose alternator belt. I'm thinking pump is going bad. Either way pump has always been loud, we were thinking of replacing with a quiter one. Was wondering what is involved with doing this? And any ideas on a pump to replace this one? Thanks for any input.

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Old 05-02-08, 05:37 PM
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welcome,

Replacing a jet pump is not too hard(most of the time)
Draw off some water into jugs for priming of pump.
Shut off power
Disconnect power Keeping wires marked.
Release pressure from system.
Disconnect pressure side of pump.(going to tank, or house if tank and pump are one).
Disconnect inlet piping. (one or two pipes)

Then re-install

Once all hooked back up. Prime pump from plug on top of pump.
Turn pump on.
Cross fingers!


I wish they all went that easy...

All jet pumps are a little noisy. It's their nature.

I don't like to promote brands because I have used many brands of pumps but, I personally prefer Goulds pumps.
Good quality, Reliable.

Don't forget to get all the information about the old pump before going to get a new one.

Is it a 1 pipe(shallow well), or a 2 pipe(deep well) pump?
What is the horsepower(1/2, 3/4, 1)?
What is the voltage (120, 240)?
Old pump specs (Model, serial no.s)?
Any well info comes in handy also...
Depth of well?
Recovery rate?
Offset distance(distance between house and well)?
Static level (how far down is the water)?
Is the well the same level as the house? Above? Below? in height.

When going to get the pump the more info you have the better to cross reference to a new pump.

Good Luck, Mark
 
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HJ50D is a 1/2 hp Convertable Jet Pump

plumbingods is exactly right, Replacing a jet pump is not too hard (most of the time)! The pump you have is a Convertible Jet pump meaning it can be hooked up as a shallow well pump with the jet (Injector) being mounted on the end of the pump with two bolts or Allen bolts and one pipe going to the well. This hookup is quite simple as plumbingods says.

A deep well hookup means there is two pipes going to the well, one is usually 1" and the other is 1-1/4". When you replace this pump with a different pump be sure to connect it the same way meaning 1" pipe to the 1" connection on the pump and 1-1/4" pipe to the 1-1/4" connection on the pump.

Be aware some pumps have the 1" connection on the top and the 1-1/4" on the bottom and some are reversed. Be sure to connect like size to like size.

Pumps are like cars, they all work! Some people like Fords and some like Chevrolet's. Myself, I like Lincolns! My preference is Sta-Rite's but Gould's are OK too.

The squeal is probably a dry bearing. You could take the pump to an electric motor shop to be repaired. However with a new pump you usually get a one year warranty.

NOTE: Without knowing what the well can supply I don't recommend purchasing more than a 1/2 hp pump.
 
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Thanks for the replys. Is the pump something that can be picked up at Home Depot, Menards, ect. or is it a plumbing store only item? Thanks again !!!
 
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Usually, professional brands at a professional place.

Big box store sell look alikes sometimes, but there is usually something compromised on the product. I worked for one for a short time, trust me. Get a Goulds, Meyers, Sta-rite, as opposed to Flo-tec, Mr. pump etc.

Like the saying goes, "you get what you pay for"
also if you have question, I would rather ask someone that has been selling pumps for years than someone working part-time in the wrong department, enough said.

Good luck
 
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Thanks for the replys. Is the pump something that can be picked up at Home Depot, Menards, ect. or is it a plumbing store only item? Thanks again !!!
The big box stores sell pumps, but usually the quality lacks.

We have what I call "pump stores" around here. They are retail businesses that mostly work with the trade, but regular people can go there, too. They sell the better pumps. Sometimes they also sell irrigation supplies. There are more of these stores in rural areas.

Let your fingers do the walking.
 
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