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11:42PM | 03/08/00
Member Since: 01/31/00
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I asked a question on here awhile back and got no responses, so here I go again. Our home is on its own well. It seems like it cycles alot. I do not know what kind or size pump it is. We bought our home a little less than 2 years ago and this is our first experience. Can anyone tell me how often a pump should cycle, approximately? If not maybe how I would go about finding out the answer to this question without calling an expensive professional out here. I appreciate any suggestions!


07:08PM | 03/09/00
Member Since: 02/16/00
45 lifetime posts
Sounds like an adjustment problem and possibly the pump. Try posting at Lots of plumbers hang out there. Good luck.


09:29PM | 03/15/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
205 lifetime posts
Sounds like you are talking about your Sump pump..... If so, it will cycle whenever the natural ground water comes in. You will find that when it rains, it will cycle more frequently. The pipe going out has to have a "CHECK" valve on it to prevent the water in the line from comming back into the sump upon shutdown....

Bill Stout

12:18PM | 03/22/00
Member Since: 01/17/00
24 lifetime posts
Your problem may be the storage tank is "water logged". To fix it is simple. Turn off the pump and drain all the water from the tank. After all water has been drained, close it back-up and turn on the pump. Another potential problem is the pressure swith. It is a limit switch. When the pressure gets to the max pressure it turns off, and when the pressure drops to a minimum level it turns on. My bet though is the tank needs draining. I used to have a well and I had to drain it about once a year.


08:44AM | 05/25/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
If you are talking about the water supply from the well....
I had a similar problem last year. The well pump cycling on and off frequently and the water pressure increasing and decreasing. The problem was the pressure tank. They are not expensive: about $125 at Lowes or Home Depot. You may need a plumber to do it. If he provides the tank, he'll charge twice that for it. Labor should not be great - I did it myself. You can replace the pressure switch for a fraction of that - seems like I paid around $15. Mine just screws in. Make sure the electric power to the pump is off first and the pressure released.


01:56AM | 09/07/14
Could be your pressure gauge. Mine has a large screw that either tightens and increases the amount of pressure it requires in the tank, or loosens and lessens the amount of pressure. The less you have it set for, the more your pump will cycle as you use the water because it needs to keep the pressure built back up sooner. I keep mine set at about 30. That gives me about 10 minutes of running water before the pump kicks on to build the pressure back up. Our well is a shallow, "run-off" well of only 24 feet and we are in drought-stricken East Texas. So, our well has been struggling to give us enough water. This year we finally got up to the 10 minute mark from the 4.5 minutes at a time we'd been having as our limit every 2.5 hours for the last two years. Anyway, if you might just need to replace your pressure gauge, or check the settings for it.

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