loosing my my mind, shallow well pump probs

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by btglenn, May 15, 2011.

  1. btglenn

    btglenn New Member

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    Just got a new cast iron dayton 1.5hp installed with switch at 50-70 and was loosing prime overnight but worked fine when it was primed

    so i replaced the suction line and tightened up my pvc work and got all connect again. primed then and stays primed at test. Go to attach a brand new tank at 48 psi and now the pump wont get to 70 to shut off, no water leaks when it easily got to 70 before. I actually had to increase the switch because it would turn off before it filled the tank. so I lower it to 60 and it shuts off so I can go to work and fix it later.

    Come back and its on, melted the flow line and looks like the $500 pump is burned up. Im at wits end with this, I just want a lawn!!!

    is this pump repairable? what can i do, i somehow lost pressure but the suction line was still full/primed. It pumped against itself for some reason.


    thanks
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  2. valveman

    valveman Cary Austin Staff Member

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    Some of those pumps can't build 70 PSI, especially when lifting from a well. Check your pump curve or give us a model number so we can look it up. I bet you just can't set the pressure switch that high with that pump.
     
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  4. btglenn

    btglenn New Member

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    THe pump is made by grainger who offers a list of repair parts online at grainger .com http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/rp...20009701&from=detail&mfgSearchCriteria=DAYTON.

    It is pump 5uxk2 but now considering what happened to the pump (it pumped against a closed outlet for an extended period and overheated the flow pipe until it melted. Now it will run but not suck water. Which parts likely need replacing? Motor seems to run fine so impeller??
     
  5. justwater

    justwater Well Drilling/Service

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    before throwing parts at it, make sure all fittings to suction of pump are tight. if pressure side melted, I know suction side is at least loose.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2011
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    I would take it apart and have a look see.

    It should be obvious what parts are damaged.

    I would change the motor shaft water seal, because it will most likely leak, once you get pressure again.


    DonL
     
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