Wellmate relief valve empties/pressure fluctuates

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Ditt44, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Ditt44

    Ditt44 New Member

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    I have a strange situation.

    Wellmate Pump and treatment system.
    The system is roughly 10 years old and has never had a problem prior. We have lived in the house for 3.5 years.

    What happens:
    - about every 1 hour and 20 minutes the pressure reaches 80 psi
    - the relief valve spits out 6+ ounces of water
    - pressure drops to 38-42
    - pressure again builds to 80 psi, repeat

    I never paid attention to what the pressure did when in use. Now, it seems that after water is run from any source in the house, about 30 seconds later we get a pressure spike and the relief valve dumps some water. This is in addition to the steps outlined above that occur roughly every hour and twenty minutes +/-.

    Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Glad to find the forum!

    Thanks!
  2. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    Riverview, Fl.
    Your pressure spread is a bit high. You may have a plugged pressure switch tube which is not telling the pump to shut off at a more realistic pressure like 60 psi.

    The pressure relief valve is doing it's job.

    You have either a leak somewhere, your tank is totally waterlogged or both.

    bob...
  3. Ditt44

    Ditt44 New Member

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    None of that sounds easy to diagnose/locate nor inexpensive to fix.

    Thanks for the reply. ANY chance of other issues, bad switch or gauge?
  4. speedbump

    speedbump Previous member

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    4,540
    Location:
    Riverview, Fl.
    The gauge could be bad, but the switch is doing what it is supposed to. It may just be getting the news about the pressure a little late because of the plugged pipe.

    bob...
  5. Ditt44

    Ditt44 New Member

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    Thanks for the help. I called a guy to take a look, luckily he can do it this morning. I really hope it isn't "big", especially at this time of year.
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