Pumptec only allowing pump to run for 5 Seconds

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Scott Graham, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham New Member

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    Have a pumptec that I've been using for a few years. It's been a low yield life saver. However, we have started having outages again. So today I did some testing. No matter what I have tried (up until my last crazy test I couldn't get above 35 PSI in a day.) Nothing yields more than 5 seconds on "Pump on" action. (Pressure switch and tanks working fine"

    Test 1 Pumptec set to wait 15 Minutes (the old setting I have used for years.)
    Pump on ran for 5 seconds, Pumptec Load light Solid.
    15 minutes later Pump on, 5 Seconds, Pumptec load light Solid.

    Set Pumptec to 30 Minutes Cycle.
    Pump on 5 seconds run, Pumptec Load light.
    after 30 minutes pump on run 5 seconds pumptec load light.

    Set Pumptec to 60 Minutes Cycle
    Pump on 5 seconds run, Pumptec Load light.
    after 60 minutes pump on run 5 seconds pumptec load light.

    Set Pumptec to 120 Minutes Cycle
    Pump on 5 seconds run, Pumptec Load light.
    after 120 minutes pump on run 5 seconds pumptec load light.

    SAID WTF. Had Wife Cycle Breaker. 10 Seconds off 5 Seconds on. Sat and watched Pressure switch and in 10 minutes we went from 30 PSI to 50. Everytime we had water.

    To me it sure seems like i have water and it's a pumptec sensitivity issue or pump issue (I could hear water every time it came on. And it should recover and run longer after 2 hours than it does in 10 seconds. ). Anyone have any thoughts?
  2. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham New Member

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    Location:
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    Update pumptec needing its sensitivity adjusted I set it at 65% (70% is default). Pressure tank was at 20PSI, pump ran for 7-9 minutes and completely topped off system. 2 showers and a load of laundry and so far so good.
  3. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    After adjusting the "sensitivity" I would run the water hard until the well pumps dry. Just need to make sure it will still shut off during a dry well scenario before you walk away from it.
  4. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham New Member

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    Great call. HOWEVER, The well now recovers faster than can flow ;) Much improved from many years back. "KNOCK ON WOOD"
  5. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    Thats a good thing because you won't know if the sensitivity is adjusted properly untill you need it. So hopefully you won't need it.
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