Above Ground Well Pump Cracked in the Cold

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by mikewags, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. mikewags

    mikewags New Member

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    The title says it all - i believe my well pump under extreme cold cracked because it had water inside. Took some photos.

    Based on the photos am i out of luck? Need to replace the whole pump?

    Any information/advice would help. Thanks

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  2. mikewags

    mikewags New Member

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    the model/etc stamp on the pump
  3. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

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    Only two words to describe that pump- old and older. Looks like you missed that big crack in the 1st post huh?

    My advice is to buy a whole new pump/motor unit. Choose a good quality pump with a cast-iron housing and not one sold by the big box stores.
  4. mikewags

    mikewags New Member

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    Yeah, i didn't notice that crack until I saw a puddle of water under the pump yesterday. Really sucks because the thing was working fine all summer long. I really should have prepared for this weather better.

    What do you think I will spend to replace this with a comparable pump?

    This cold snap has been a real learning experience - unfortunately I had to learn the hard way :(

    Let me know if you can suggest any brands/places to buy... Thanks.
  5. craigpump

    craigpump Member

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    I have had the best luck with Goulds jet pumps.
  6. mikewags

    mikewags New Member

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    As it stands now this pump is toast correct?

    I'm not trying to sound cheap or anything, but was wondering if that crack could be welded back up.

    I will probably be buying a new one/replacement - but I guess I'm just wondering if this thing is a paper weight now (an ancient paper weight).
  7. ankhseeker

    ankhseeker Member

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    Cast isn't weldable that I know of. Looks like you need a new pressure gauge too.
  8. mikewags

    mikewags New Member

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    Pressure gauge has gone back down to 0 since things have thawed out.

    Any help/direction of a new pump to by would be greatly appreciated. I'm just looking for something comprable to this pump to do the job - this is just for yard irrigation/sprinklers - and there is a 30 gallon pressure tank in the mix.

    Here is a photo of the current pump specs:

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    HP: 1
    PH: 1


    I'm looking at the goulds jet pumps here: Looking to spend maybe around $200 - $400 if i can.

    http://www.aquascience.net/jet-pumps/

    Thanks again guys.
  9. craigpump

    craigpump Member

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    Cast iron can be welded with nickel rod or brazed, but as old as that pump is, you are far better off replacing it.
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