pressure gauge finally reading 60, but the tank is reading 60

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by scott young, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. scott young

    scott young New Member

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    both are going up at the same time, and when I decrease the pressure in the tank, the pressure gauge also goes down. BTW--I am crossreading on three different bicycle-car tire pressure gauges--all three are saying the same.
    Does this mean it's gotta be the bladder?
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Frankly, you don't know what you're doing so stop right away, turn off the breaker, and drain the tank.

    ...more to come
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    The *only* time the tire gauge should read different is when the tank is completely drained. Then and only then, it should read between 2 and 5 PSI lower than what the pressure switch is set to turn on the pump.
  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    If your pressure switch is set to turn off the pump at 60 PSI, then more than likely the kick-in setting would be 40 PSI unless you fiddled with the nuts. If so, set the precharge on the bladder to around 38 PSI. Again, this precharge is only measured at 38 PSI when the tank is empty.

    If ever in the future, you find that the precharge has either increased or decreased, then suspect the bladder.
  5. scott young

    scott young New Member

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    Thanks, and no I didnt fiddle with the nuts.AFTER I drained the tank, I set the pressure at 38, since my switch is a 40/60. THEN it it started increasing and/or decreasing. Is that clear?
  6. scott young

    scott young New Member

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    And by the way, insults I suspect are not desirable on this forum, as with other forums. You don't have any idea what I have or haven't done. Saying I don't know what I am doing, is an offensive remark, and I would appreciate replies from other forum members. Thank you though, for your input.
  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    There is no polite way to say that. If you are letting out air because the water pump increased the air pressure, you don't know what you are doing. As the pump fills the tank, it compresses the air in the bladder so the bladder air pressure will rise at the same rate as the water pressure rises.

    If you let out all the air, you risk damaging the pump. In that case, bedside manners become secondary.
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