Christmas and No Water

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by helplessandhopeless, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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    I know nothing about pumps and wells and aerators, all of which I am dependent on for water in my home. I read a thread where someone had to fill the aerator with the hose from the submersible pump (working fine) into the aerator. I looked in my aerator and there is very little water in it. If I fill it with the aerator with the hose, Do you think I could get by until Monday when I can get (another) professional out here? I kept getting air in my lines. The last company (2 weeks ago) said the whole system looked just fine. I would love to take a shower. Wash some dishes....

    Hope someone is on line Christmas Day...
    Thank you!
  2. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Try it, can't hurt much!
  3. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    IF the sub pump is working fine (meaning it delivers water into the aerator), you have a problem with the pump that takes water out of the aerator; I'm assuming a tank type aerator. If the pump that does that doesn't run, check the pressure switch. If there isn't enough water in the aerator, the submersible pump isn't working fine, check the switch or float/flow switch(s) that operates the sub pump.
  4. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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    I posted a huge thank you and I didn't see it post...
    Anyway, my day was saved.
    Again,
    many thanks
  5. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    What worked?
  7. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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    filling up the aerator with water from the hose
    don't a a flow device -- mystified.
  8. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    I think that means you don't have a flow device (switch), so what controls the water level in the aerator tank; my guess is a float switch or float valve like in a toilet?

    You need to find out what prevented the aerator tank from refilling when it should have before you burn up the aerator pump because of no water in the aerator tank.
  9. justwater

    justwater Well Drilling/Service

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    if no valves are closed and your well pump is working.. unscrew the sprayers in the aerator and see if they are clogged.
  10. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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  11. helplessandhopeless

    helplessandhopeless New Member

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    I think the toilet thing is right on -- the bathroom on the side of the house where the well pump and the rest of the equipment, is never used. Problem started when I had a guest...
    Looked in the tank and it has an unusual looking fixture in that the other toilets don't have...
  12. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    A leaking toilet, or any other water leak after the aerator tank will call for the repressurization pump in or at the aerator to run and as the water in the aerator tank falls, something turns on the well pump on which then refills the aerator tank.

    If you don't have enough water in the aerator tank, you have to find out why. Blocked spray heads, bad well pump, water leak in the well system, bad float switch or float valve stuck closed in aerator that controls the well pump, bad pressure switch for the well pump, no power to well pump (which should be checked first).

    I had asked you what controls the well pump....
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