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countrydweller2

04:53AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 07/21/05
7 lifetime posts
We live in the country and have a shallow well. We have just replaced the pressure tank and it is working correctly (kicking on at 30 psi and kicking off at 42 psi). However, we have excellent pressure in the shower until the pump kicks back on then we lose all pressure and the water trickles out of the shower. If we turn off the shower and wait for the pressure tank to fill up and kick off then turn on the shower we have excellent pressure again. The problem is we only have this pressure until the pump kicks back on (about 1 minute). We don't have this problem with any other fixtures in the house (sinks, etc) and this is the only shower in the house. Any suggestions how to keep the pressure up in the shower while the pump is recharging the pressure tank??

Billhart

06:02AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
How long does it take to refill the tank?

If you leave the shower running and let the pressure stablize what pressure does it maintain.

Sounds like the well or pump is not putting out enough water to match the usage of the shower.

Might try replacing the shower head with a new one. They use less water.


countrydweller2

08:00AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 07/21/05
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply - it takes about 5 minutes to fully recharge the tank if we're using the shower faucet and drain most of the water, but only about 30 seconds if we are only running water at another faucet in the house (kitchen sink). If we leave the shower running, the pressure drops significantly, barely enough to rinse the shampoo out of your hair and then it will completely stop for about 2 seconds then go back to the very low pressure for a minute or two then stop for 2 seconds and on and on and on. We had a smaller pump (32 gallon) and never had this problem, our new tank is somewhere around 50 gallons though?? Any suggestions would be helpful!!


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