Noisy Pump

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by tcbakers, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. tcbakers

    tcbakers New Member

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    My well pump has been getting more and more noisy (when it's running) for about 3 months now. It seems to be working fine, but I'm concerned that something is wrong.
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    I'd say you're probably right.
  3. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    About the only thing that can make noise in a water pump (that isn't all plastic) is the motor bearings. You can probably locate a motor shop locally that would fix that for you.

    bob...
  4. tcbakers

    tcbakers New Member

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    Thank you very much for replying to my message. The loudness seems to be simply the operation of the pump. Would the motor bearings sound different from the operating sound if they were going bad? I mean, I don't hear any grinding or banging sounds - it just seems like the normal operating sounds have gotten louder & louder. Does that still make sense as being motor bearings? I really have no clue... Sorry. Thanks again.
  5. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    Bearings usually start out making a slight whining sound. As they get drier, they get louder and the pitch changes from high to a lower growling sound. This is my description but not necessarilly a good one. If your motor is getting louder, its the bearings.

    I find that the average life of a ball bearing in a pump motor left out in the weather here in Florida is 7 years. We can usually rebuild that motor with new bearings etc. and it will go another 7. That is if it's a good brand motor. Cheap motors don't last anywhere near the first seven.

    bob...
  6. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

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    Jet of Submersible Pump?

    Is this a Jet (above ground) or Submersible (in the well) Pump?
  7. tcbakers

    tcbakers New Member

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    It's above ground - in my crawlspace - which is located directly below my bedroom. That's why I've noticed the increase in noise. The pump was replaced about 7 years ago, sounds like it might be time to do it again.
  8. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    Why buy a new pump when you can repair the motor? Or is it a big box pump? If so, I won't work on it and most reputable motor shops won't either.

    bob...
  9. tcbakers

    tcbakers New Member

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    You guessed it! The pump was purchased at Home Depot. I had no idea that the ones from there aren't very good. Do you recommend a specific manufacturer? Thank you again for your help. Happy New Year!!!:)
  10. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    It's hard to go by manufacturers anymore since practically all the name brand companies are now owned by one of two large conglomerates.

    I sell Betta Flo by National Pump. They are still privately owned and make great products.

    bob...
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