Will old well pump water?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by RMARTIN, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. RMARTIN

    RMARTIN New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    Last year I bought a 10 acre place with a 2002 built house. It has co-op water now but in the front yard was a well, tank and all the needed fittings in a small pump house. Previous owner had it since 2003 and has used the co-op water, and didn't know anything about the well. I think there was a older home here before. All the hardware looks to be 10-15 years old. I took everything off of it to tear down the pump house (only 3 feet high and was an eyesore). Now I want to try and see if it will pump and if so use it for irrigation. So it's got a 4 1/2" sch 40 pvc casing coming out of a 3x5 ft slab. A 1" pipe out the top of the head and a 3 wire 12 gauge submersible pump wire, black, yellow, and red. The output pipe after the tank then goes into the ground and a larger buriable-type 3 wire 6 gauge goes into the ground. About 10 feet away the wire comes back out of the ground and is coiled up. Have no idea where the wire or the pipe goes to. Anyway how can I tell if it's 110 or 220 and how would I test it to see if the pump will work? The head doesn't look like it's ever been opened. No idea how deep it may be. On the front of the property is another old pump house. The pipe has been pulled and is laying against a fence, looks to be about 60 - 80 feet long. Not sure if that's an indication of how deep this well might be. Any ideas?
     
  2. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Occupation:
    Owner of a Water Well and Pump Repair Business
    Location:
    SE Texas-Coastal
    There should be a control box and a pressure switch somewhere. The pressure switch should have contactors connected to 230V with a line going to the c-box. Apply power to the pressure switch, make sure the contactors are closed, and apply power to the c-box. If it pumps water, I'd say you're in business.

    Be careful of electricity, if you don't know what you're doing, call a pro. Also I would keep your well on the down low, in some areas with city water they will make you plug and abandon any old wells.
     
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

     
  4. RMARTIN

    RMARTIN New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    I disconnected everything last year. I just have 3 wires coming out of the head and not sure if it's 110 or 220.
     
  5. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Occupation:
    Owner of a Water Well and Pump Repair Business
    Location:
    SE Texas-Coastal
    Most likely it's 220. If it's a 3-wire pump, you will need a control box to start it. Sounds like it's the old 3-wire, newer ones have a ground also.

    Try a 1-HP box and see if it will start.
     
Similar Threads: pump water
Forum Title Date
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog New Shallow Well Pump; Now Water is Gray Yesterday at 2:04 PM
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Short cycling of well pump when no water is running Aug 2, 2015
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog geting the static water table without lifting the pump few " Jul 26, 2015
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Using a 1" reduction for 1,25 inch pump water outlet? Jun 29, 2015
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Well pump lifts water 54 m , but only submergible to 7m Jun 28, 2015

Share This Page