Help please for water pressure problem

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by eckster, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. eckster

    eckster New Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    Hi, found this forum while trying to figure out our well/plumbing problem over the past few days.

    We've just finished pulling our deep water well & replacing it, the wiring, cap, pressure switch & pressure tank.

    We have a new ProPlumber 30/50 pressure switch with only 1 adjustable screw. Our pressure tank is set with 28psi air.

    When we first turn on a faucet we have a tremendous amount of water pressure and then it dwindles to a trickle. The adjustment nut has been screwed down to about halfway down. Again, the initial pressure is what we are used to and then dwindles.

    The pressure switch doesn't kick on at all and we have a humming sound from our breaker box (that's something new for us). The pressure gauge shows a reading of 42 more or less. Should I keep screwing the adjustment screw down until the gauge reaches 50?

    We had always used SquareD pressure switches & never had to adjust any of them. We had a new SquareD on yesterday and all the switch would do was click on & off & we still had no water pressure.

    So we seem to have the same result re: water pressure with either the SquareD or ProPlumber.

    Any suggestions/recommendations to try? All help is most welcome and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  2. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    Whole house filter? Water softner? Check for something clogged...

    Do you have a faucet at the pump/tank, does it run full blast?

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  4. eckster

    eckster New Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    Thanks for the quick reply. To answer your questions, we currently don't have a whole house filter or softener system.

    When we turn on the faucet at the pump, it is really full pressure!

    Anything you can think of that we can try? I appreciate your help.
  5. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    Take off the screens at the faucets...

  6. eckster

    eckster New Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    thanks again for the help, but we've already taken off all the screens at the faucets.

    we just don't understand why we have good pressure when we first turn on the faucets & then it dwindles down soon after.

    I'm sorry if it feels like we're picking your brain, but we've never had this problem before & we've put in 2 new pumps within 10 years & numerous pressure switches, and we don't know where else to turn.

    Again, thanks for your help. If you come up with anyother ideas, we're listening.
  7. Rancher

    Rancher Guest

    There's a blockage somewhere, water will squeeze thru and build up pressure, when you open a faucet water will come out at your high pressure but there will not be the flow due to the blockage. Since you've replaced everthing, is there a valve between the tank and the house that perhaps you've forgotten to open back up?

  8. eckster

    eckster New Member

    Jun 16, 2007

    Thanks again & again for your help. We had about given up hope here & called a plumber. $69 later, they want to come back tomorrow & re-pull the pump, re-replace it & the wiring (we did all this during the week already). Their only suggestion was maybe we had a faulty pressure switch & they'd check it tomorrow.

    In the meantime, hubby replaced the pressure switch & we currently have full pressure at all faucets. Circuit breaker popped once, hubby adjusted the cut on/off screws & we now seem to be fine. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

    If we need more help, we'll be back on this forum asking for your help once more.

    Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
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