Brand new pump, brand new tank

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Molly, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Molly

    Molly New Member

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    We just replaced our jet pump and our pressure tank. We set the tank pressure at 18psi, 2 less than pump cut in pressure of 20psi. After the pump runs the tank has 30 to 35 psi. This causes the pump to keep running. Why does the pressure build up by itself?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    It is probably a little low, not high. Most systems are set to values about 20#'s apart. It turns on at 20 in your case, and shuts off at 40. Putting pressure in the bladder tank keeps the bladder from expanding too much and failing early. The pump provides the energy to compress the air in the tank. The spring in the bladder keeps pressure while the pump rests prior to needing to turn back on at 20 pounds, pushing that stored water out of the tank.
  3. Pumpman

    Pumpman Pump Sales

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    Set the tank at an 18 psi precharge. (Pump off, tank empty).
    After the pump has ran, turn off the power and completely drain the tank. If the pressure still reads 18 psi, you're ok. If it reads higher, you have a problem with the tank.
    With the system pressured up, you will have the same reading at the pressure tank as the reading on the system gauge,
    Ron
  4. Molly

    Molly New Member

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    We drained the tank, pumped 18# into it, turned on the pump,it shut off at 30#, we drained again, it now reads 0#. We turned the pump on with 0# in the tank, and it is now up to 35# and shutting off by itself. This seems great, but later on today after washing clothes and a shower or 2 along with some dishes being done (not at the same time) the pump will not shut off on its own and we have to shut it off at the breaker. We turn it off and on real quick and it just goes off. I do have a theory, because everything is new, Can it be, our well is 35ft deep with about 6ft of water when filled. We have a deepwell jet pump. Maybe we are asking too much of the whole system. IN other words, are we asking this system to supply too much water in too short of a time period?
  5. Pumpman

    Pumpman Pump Sales

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    Are you reading 0# at the air valve on the tank, or on the system pressure gauge?
    Ron
  6. Molly

    Molly New Member

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    We were reading 0# at both the gauge and the tank valve. When we turned the pump back on it pressured itlself back up to 37# and shut off.
  7. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    Can you tell us more about the pump and tank you bought?


    bob...
  8. Molly

    Molly New Member

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    The pump is a Water Ace made by Meyers. Is a deep well, 1/2 HP, jet pump. The tank is a 20 gal. diaphram type tank.
  9. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    You should certainly be able to get more than 38 lbs. if all is working like it should. I'm curious as to what pump you took off and it's name and horsepower.

    You really need to shut the pump off and put the 18 lbs. back in the tank and leave it there. This is done like Ron stated above, with the pump off and the gauge at zero.

    bob...
  10. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Sounds like the well tank (bladder) is not holding air, I'm guessing the schrader valve is not tight or needs replacement.
  11. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    What brand is the tank?


    bob...
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