Well pressure problem

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Old 06-15-13, 07:07 PM
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Well pressure problem

Hello all,

This morning my wife called me at work and complained about the water pressure in the house being very low. I have a whole house filter and well water that is high in sediment, so I figured that it was simply the filter that needed changing.

After changing the filter the pressure is still low. Here's what i've done so far: Removed and cleaned the pressure switch, then re-installed it. Tested it and there is pwr to the switch and then to the pump, switch seems to operate normally. The pump runs continuously but the pressure gauge near the tank (abt 4 " away) only sits at about 15-18 PSI. I never paid attention to it before so I've no idea if that's been that way for awhile or it just changed. We have water but every time you turn a faucet on there is some air discharge, and even though the pump is running i have no idea how much it is actually bringing up.

With that in mind, I'm at a loss of where to go next. The low water pressure is one thing, but the air scares me, makes me think I have a $15000 problem of a well drying up.

- would a bad well tank possibly cause this problem? How can I check it?
- is is possible the pump has a clogged screen that would cause this?
- what are the chances the well is bad?
- any other possible culprits that I haven't considered?


Thanks for any input. Naturally this happens on a sat morn, cannot even consider calling anyone until monday. grrrrrrrrrr.........
 
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Old 06-15-13, 07:34 PM
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pump shaft stripping out on its splines into the coupler to the pump..Catches and slips, catches and slips. Doesnt build up but minimal pressure. Eventually it will just stop. Same symptoms as mine. Unless your pressure tanks is going bad also.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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well, i have the orig tank and pump, house was built in 2001 and water is hard and lots of sediment, so i'm abt due for a new pump and/or tank. But where is the air coming from?

Also , i turned the breaker off about 1.5 hrs ago since the pump was running nonstop, now i literally do not have 1 drop from any faucet, so there obv wasn't much left in the tank.
 
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What type of pump do you have? Submersible, deep or shallow well jet?
 
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pump is submersible

turned it back on abt an hour ago, have water but very low pressure. tank is def not full of water

my guess now is either the pump or the well. Does not look like good news tomorrow. either the pump is only working at a fraction of capacity or the well isn't giving much up. I listened down the casing and I can hear the pump and also the sound of water trickling. Is that normal?

The tank is empty(or darn close to it), very easy to move, has 27 lbs psi. The open/close is 30/50, so that is abt right
 

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Old 06-16-13, 03:17 PM
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"also the sound of water trickling. Is that normal?"

No. Could be a small leak, but usually the poly pipe is replaced when the pump is. It's pretty cheap.
 
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If you "heard" the pump running non stop then it would most likely be that you have a clogged inlet screen or are out of water. You mentioned air in system.....that would make low water a primary issue.

The trickling may have been the well recharging.

Have you checked with your neighbors ? Maybe the water table has dropped in your area.
 
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yes, no problems with any of the neighbors wells........an apr-jun is the wettest time of the year. The table is fine as far as everyone knows.

The trickling is present even with the pump turned off. It is intermittent.

i'll have an update tomorrow assuming the well guys can get out here.
 
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Deep Well problem

Hi, I live in Turkey and have a deep well to supply all my water. At this time I am experiencing pressure dropping and I need to reset the breaker to bring the water back up to normal. I think it may be an electrical fault but I would appreciate any help to solve this as the local plumbers are not the best. Thanks..
 
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