Well pump cycles every minute.

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Brass, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Brass

    Brass New Member

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    I have a new problem with my well pump. It turns on about every minute for aproxx. 15 seconds. I put a pressure gage on a utility sink faucet and see the gage fluctuating up and down between 35 and 50 psi. How can i figure out where the problem is?

    - Tank waterlogged? "Well-X-Trol" How do I check?
    - Check valve stuck? Where is it and how can I test it?
    - Pressure switch? testing procedure?
    - Broken/leaking pipe between house and pitless adaptor? G-d I hope not, how can I tell?

    All help is welcome. I am afaid the pump will burn up.
    Thank you,
    Marty
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    You ned to shut off the pump and only turn it on when you need water; or you can burn up a pump without a thermal overload. It will add a bunch to the light bill...

    You could have a leaking check valve in/on the pump outlet or a leak somewhere else. With the pump running, shut off the water to the house. If the pump still comes on like it is, the leak is on the well side of the pressure tank. It can be in the well, and usually is, or underground. If in the well, it can get to where the pump falls off the drop pipe, so get this fixed ASAP.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
  3. Brass

    Brass New Member

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    check valve ?

    Gary,
    Thanks for the info! Where would the check valve normally be? Would it be up top near the pitless adaptor, or down near the pump? The pump is aproxx. 60 ' down. I can make a tool to pull the adaptor and try to raise the pump. Should I try this?
    Marty
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    "You could have a leaking check valve in/on the pump outlet".

    Please read my last reply in the kathunk thread.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
  5. Brass

    Brass New Member

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    Can I pull the pump and look for the check valve myself? ( kill power first)
    Is there a risk that I would ruin anything bringing up the pump? I have a 1" pipe with handle to attach to the pitless adaptor.
    Marty
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    You can use a piece of pipe with 1" MPT on it or a bushing and nipple etc. to screw into the pitless adapter if you have that kind. But the you may not be able to lift 60' of galvanized 1" pipe with a pump on it.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
  7. Brass

    Brass New Member

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    Good news! Job is done.

    :)
    Gary
    Well I got brave and made the tool for the pitles adaptor. My 60' pipe is a black rigid/flex line.
    When I took the cap off the case I could hear and see water gushing just below the adaptor, but above the hose clamps.

    I pulled the entire pump up and looked it over. The nipple between the flex hose and the pitles adaptor had pitted and had several holes through the threads. Installed new nipple and clamps and refit the unit into the pitles.

    All is WELL now, no pun intended. No leaks, no pump cycle on and off. I am a happy camper and saved over $500 on a Saturday.

    Gary my hat is off to you. Your advice and the other posts I have read on this forum made the difference. G-d bless!

    Marty / Laytonsville, MD
  8. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Hi Marty. I'm glad to help. You're welcome and thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it and I wish everyone gave feedback. If they did, more proven to be correct info woud be available to others.

    BTW, with you being from MD, you may have some very acidic water, you might ant to have a water test done, especially the pH and if you have copper tubing.

    Gary
    Quality Water Associates
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