No pressure, pump runs constantly

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by vic214, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. vic214

    vic214 New Member

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    Hi all. The other day, I went to make a pot of coffee and I didn't have hardly any pressure. I went down to my outbuilding and the pump was running constantly and the motor was hot. I checked my well (hand dug 22 ft. deep) and seen that it was low. The water level was right at a joint so I thought maybe I had a leak there so I shut off the pump and waited a few days for it to rain. The well is now up to normal but I can't get more than 20 lbs. of pressure. It's set at 30/50 so of course it won't shut off. I had a leak but I fixed that. It just runs and runs with no more than 20 lbs of pressure. Any ideas? Thanks!

    Jim
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Running the pump with no water may have damaged the impeller. Or there is something blocking the pump inlet at the foot valve or the jet/eductor in the pump. Or you still have a air leak in the suction pipe.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
  3. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    Does it pump any water at all or does it just run and does nothing?


    bob...
  4. vic214

    vic214 New Member

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    Yes, it pumps water but not more than 20 lbs. I've got water in the house but the pump won't shut off.
  5. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    It sounds like crud in the impeller or a slightly nuked impeller. If the jet were plugged, you would usually get more than 20 lbs. More like 28/29 lbs.

    Are you sure the gauge is reading right? If it is more than 6 months old and you paid less than 10 bucks for it. It's probably bad.

    bob...
  6. vic214

    vic214 New Member

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    Well, actually the gauge froze up last winter so it did say 100 but I fixed it. I zeroed it out so it should be pretty accurate now. I would hate to spend any money on this thing. I won't be living here much longer. I already sold the house but I'm staying for maybe another month or two so I don't really want to have to call anyone. Well, I guess I'll try and take the pump apart first thing and go from there. Thanks for the help.

    Jim
  7. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    You zerowed a $3.00 gauge??? I'll bet it's real accurate now.
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