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10:15AM | 11/02/00
Member Since: 11/01/00
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We have a water well that is constantly kicking on and off(within seconds). It goes down to 30 and up to 60 and back again, kicking on and off both times. Is there something wrong with the pump. We replaced the pressure gauge a couple months ago.

HOLLYWOOD

04:45PM | 11/02/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
206 lifetime posts
Possibly, your check valve is sticking open so when the pump kicks on to supply water to wherever,...After it stopps, the check is allowing the water to drop back into the well causing the pump to reactivat to remove the water again....

rpxlpx

02:06AM | 11/03/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
If you have a pressure tank, that sounds like the problem. They have a rubber "balloon" inside that holds the pressure. If the rubber is punctured or broken, it can't hold and then the pump has to keep cycling on and off constantly to keep up water pressure.
I replaced mine 2 years ago - $105 at Lowes.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 06, 2000).]

HOLLYWOOD

05:28PM | 11/03/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
206 lifetime posts
Rpxlpx: Please explain what you are talking about? And it's aplication. I notice that the 2 of us answer alot of the same Q:"s and that's good. I was just currious where you are comming from this time....
ThanX..............

rpxlpx

03:23AM | 11/06/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Hi HOLLYWOOD,
my well system has a pressure tank. Inside that tank is a bladder that keeps some water pressurized after it is "pumped up" by the well pump. All the household water from the well is pumped into this tank. The bladder expansion is what provides the pressure for all my in-house use.
As water is used in the house, the bladder pressure is gradually reduced - and when it gets down to a certain level, as determined by a pressure switch, the well pump turns on to pump more water into the tank/bladder and build up the pressure again.
If the bladder inside the tank fails, there is nothing to hold the water at pressure, so whenever any water is being used, the well pump cycles on and off constantly, trying to maintain the right level of pressure for household use. (Taking a shower becomes interesting.) This is exactly the symptom described as the problem, above.
The fix is to replace the pressure tank.
Since this is the only well system I've owned, I don't know if this type setup is regional or not, but I can tell you that this problem occured for 2 of my neighbors before I experienced it. All our houses are about the same age (14 -17 years) and all have private wells.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 06, 2000).]

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 06, 2000).]

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