04:59PM | 04/23/04
Member Since: 04/22/04
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We have a submersed pump for our well. We get great water pressure for about 5-10 minutes, tops (just enough to get soaped up in the shower). And then the water pressure just dies to a trickle. After a few minutes it dies completely. If we wait a few more minutes (ususally about 5--long enough to be frozen in the shower), the water pressure comes back again for another cycle. The hot water is oil, but is on a timer to fire only at night. The electric was just up-dated and the pump is practically on it's own circuit. We checked the pressure in the bladder, and it seems OK. ANY suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

plumber Tom

07:51PM | 04/23/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Why is your HW on a timer only at night? Nobody showers in the morning? You checked your air pressure in your tank with a gauge? What was it? Some things to check: Pressure switch, if set at 60/40 get a helper to verify the pump comes on at the indicated pressure. (helper turns on a faucet while you watch the gauge) Notice cut-in and cut-out pressures. Re-check your tank with a quality schrader valve tire gauge. It should match the pre-set pressure indicated clearly on the label of the tank. If it does not your tank is waterlogged, indicating diaphram failure. Check troubleshooting tips on your tanks website. last but not least, call in a plumber who can troubleshoot and diagnose your situation.


08:54PM | 04/23/04
Member Since: 04/22/04
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I will check those things out...I'm not sure why the water heater is on a timer. It was set up that way when we bought the I assumed there was a reason for it. At first we thought the lack in water pressure was because the water heater was running, but we've ruled out that problem. I have a feeling we'll have to call a plumber, but I just lost my job and am trying to avoid expenses.

Gary Slusser

03:50PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Your pressure switch or the nipple it is on or any tubing to it and the fittings it attachs to or the hole that the fitting screws into could be blocked. If so, then the pressure switch is unable to sense the pressure change in a timely fashion, which causes the pump to lag in coming on. Or... the water level in the well is too deep or allowing air to be sucked into the pump instead of water. That is called a 'dry' well condition. In a dry well conditon or where the water level falls below where a pump can pump it from, if you keep running water you empty the tank and you don't get more water until the well recovers.

I suggest calling someone that knows wells and pumps and have things checked out.


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