|Posted by Gary Slusser on February 28, 2004 at 11:48:20:|
|In response to Re: New house, well water pressure seems low|
: We just moved into a new-construction house, our first to be serviced by well water. The water pressure coming from all of the fixtures seems low in comparison with what we're used to. I checked the pressure gauge, and it appears the pump kicks in at about 35 PSI and shuts off at about 60. This is a two floor house, with a basement underneath, and the tank is in the basement. The water thus has to rise about 30 feet from the pressure gauge to the shower heads on the top floor. The well is about 500ft deep. I don't know the HP rating of the submerged pump.
: My questions: 1) is significantly lower pressure simply a fact of life with well as compared to city water?
: 2) What would happen if I adjusted the pressure switch to say 40/80?
: 3) Is it possible that the small filter (looks like a large automobile oil filter) the builder included in the system is clogged? Should I try to by-pass it and see if things improve?
By-pass the filter or remove the cartridge and see how that affects the situation. Also, if you had pre water conservation fixtures up until now, the new house will definately have them, you may be experiencing the difference if flow between the two.
You can find instructions on changing the air presure in your pressure tank and then the pressure switch settings on this site by searching. You can do it yourself if you're handy and have an air compressor. The 80 psi figure is too high. Especially if they did your pressure tank correctly and it has a 75 psi pressure relief valve on the tank tee. It's usually next to the drain valve. And the 40# differential is too much for the switch; they want a 20# difference between cut-in and cut-out. Plus, you'd really notice that much differential.
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