Dead Well pump or Well dry??


Old 04-28-10, 03:38 AM
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Question Dead Well pump or Well dry??

I woke up this morning to no water in the house. We were having problems with intermittent water and just replaced the pressure tank and that and solved the problems until this morning.
We have a single drop pump, it sounded like it was running but there was zero pressure on the gauge, and the pump was hot. I have no idea how old the pump is we just moved in 2 years ago.

Could we need a new pump or could the well be dry??

Any advise would be very helpful!

Thanks, ~K
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Old 04-28-10, 06:38 AM
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If you are lucky, the pump is bad. $600. If not, it could be the well. $6000 Hope your day gets better.
Old 04-29-10, 07:54 AM
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Maybe the pump lost it's prime? Can you prime it? Do you know how?
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if the pump motor still runs, not hums, runs.. like the shaft spins, then no reason to buy a new pump just yet. there is a reason the pump lost prime, check your connections on the suction side of the pump, bet they are loose, especially if the pump has been running dry for a little while. most common place is right at front of the pump where the pvc fittin (if thats what it is) goes into the fornt suction side of the pump. try to wiggle that fitting with your hands some.. alot of times you can see it move. SUCTION SIDE FITTINGS MUST BE TIGHT!! or pump will draw a small amount of air, cavitate, and lose prime. if its just a small hole you may get it to reprime, only to do the same things again in the future.. cut the power, fix the suction leak, reprime the pump, cut the power back on, and let it rock... suction leak, thats where my money is.
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