how to restart pump after power outage

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  1. kingston

    kingston New Member

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    Guys,
    Power went out, wife ran water until system depressurized. Two hours later the power is one but no water.
    Submerged pump, Amtrol tank, square D pressure switch, no reset lever. No control box.
    Circuit breaker OK. Switch getting power. Gauge at zero. I lifted the pressure plate the flipped the switch manually and nothing happened. The pump doesn't seem to be running.
    Any ideas before a house full of women and children arrive for the weekend?
  2. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    What is a pressure plate? Are the pressure switch's contacts closed, is there voltage on the pumps side of the switch, measure at the terminal lugs. Was the power out due to an electrical storm, i.e. possible lightning strike?

    Rancher
  3. kingston

    kingston New Member

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    Pleasure plate is probably the wrong word. Whatever is it that lifts up and opens and closes the contacts. I assumed that's what the lever on the models with the lever does. I haven't tested for power, I can just hear it humming when I turn the breaker on and off. Power outage was line down from an accident in the area. No lightning.
    So to answer your question, I'm not certain that there is power on the pump side. Are those lugs in the Franklin box next to the square D?
  4. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

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    You need a voltmeter to measure the voltage on both wires, between them and from each to ground. Measure on both the line and load side of the pressure switch.

    You need to push down on the pressure switch (toward the pressure port) to turn it on and up (away from the pressure port) to turn it off.
  5. kingston

    kingston New Member

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    Thanks, Bob. Testing the wires now.
  6. kingston

    kingston New Member

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    The switch volt tested fine. But the wires on the Franklin unit, going to the pump, are dead. Is there some kind of shut off when the pressure drops?
  7. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

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    There may be a reset button somewhere on the Franklin unit. It could have been damaged by lightning.
  8. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    Wait... you said there was no control box! What kind of Franklin unit is this, we probably can talk you thru this.

    Rancher
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