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Old 07-08-13, 11:16 AM
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issue with tank

I don't know much about my tank, but it is an outside bladder tank. lately the water in the house has been cutting off. a few day ago we drained the tank, added air (it was low at the time) and everything was fine. today it started acting up again, cutting off and coming back on momentarily, then going off again. I checked the psi on the tank and its at 38, the gauge goes up between 15-30 psi, then drops. when the pump kicks on this process repeats. any ideas? like I said I don't know much about wells, I just moved into this house with my grandmother, but any help would be appreciated
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Old 07-08-13, 12:02 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forums... I deleted your other post... Duplicates get confusing... Its best to have one going on...

Sounds like you have too much air in the tank... This will cause a loss of water and the gauge will go to 0 momentarily until the pump catches up......

The PSI should be set a few pounds below the cut in pressure ( I like to do 5 psi at least to compensate for pump lag)... Whats is your on/ off pressures?

15/30 is low. Typically 20/40, 30/50, 40/60...Also you need to adjust the psi in the tank with the water drained out of it is best.
 
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Old 07-08-13, 12:33 PM
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I'm not really sure what you mean by on/off pressure. the label on the side of the tank said it should at 40 psi
 
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if my tank is supposed to be at 40psi, what should the gauge read?
 
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Old 07-08-13, 12:42 PM
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Pump kicks on at what pressure?

Pump kicks off at what pressure?

Where is your pump?

I assume your tank has a valve to add air to with a bike pump?
 
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ok, it shuts of at 15, and i'm pretty sure it kicks on at 20. but for sure kicks off at 15. the pumps is outside
 
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and yes it has a valve like a bike tire on the top
 
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okay, I completely drained the pump. let all of the air out, put 30 psi into the tank, turned the power back on to the tank and let it refill.. everything seems to be working so far. thanks
 
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a friend of mine came to look at the pump and said the capacitor is going bad. we just had it replaced less then two weeks ago. any ideas?
 
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