Pump cycles too often...

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by pete102, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. pete102

    pete102 New Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    north east Indiana
    Hi Folks. I'm a homeowner who wanted to get educated about my deep well system. After reading lots of questions and replys here, I'm pretty sure I have some problems, or potential problems with my well.
    Thanks for the great info you guys provide, and hopefully you can answer some questions for me.

    Here's what I have going on:

    We had the water tested when we bought 4 years ago, and were told we had iron bacteria. We have been shocking the well with bleach every 4 to 6 months (the home inspector and county health department told us it's the way to handle the problem of the smell the water takes on.) Mostly hot water. Lots of iron here, they say. We always get black water from the faucets after letting the bleach/water sit in the copper lines overnight. Works fine, but after reading some posts, I'm thinking that might not be such a good idea?

    I put in an in-line filter. Just a simple cartridge unit. I change the filter once a month not cause it's plugged, just maintanance, and it always has a redish/brown color.

    Have had pin hole leaks in 3/4 copper twice after shocking the well. I'm going to replace the copper between the well tank and the softener (about 100 ft including outside hydrants) with CPCV. Good idea? Is the smaller ID on CPCV going to cause volume problems?

    The house is 35 years old, before they kept records on wells, so I don't know how deep, or what kind of submersible pump I have. Next door the well is 250'

    I have a Well-X-Trol WX-202 tank. Switch is at 50-30, tank air is at 22#. The pump has two wires, 220, no ground wire.

    Takes 21 seconds to fill from empty with no faucets open.
    Draw down 5 gallons from full at 50# to empty at 0# with pumped shut off.
    Draw down 2 to 2.5 gallons from full at 50# till the pump starts at 30#.
    With the kitchen faucet open, takes 45 seconds from 50# to pump on at 30#, and 11 seconds for pump off at 50#.

    Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks, Bob.
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Drawing down the tank from 50 to 30 should yeild 6.8 gallons, not the 2 - 2.5 gallons you are seeing. Determine why it is.

    Your pump cycle is too short. Consider a Cycle Stop Valve.
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  4. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Mar 30, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    Houston, TX

    I would go with 1", the cost difference would be worth it.

    A bigger tank would be nice, but with what you have, what you are getting is about normal.

    I think your tank air should be around 25 PSI, if you are running 30/50, But I am no expert.
  5. pitterpat

    pitterpat HandyWOMAN

    Jun 25, 2005
    A HandyWOMAN service..."Why hire a handyman when y

    I am in Indiana too. There may be records on your well. Go to this site, it is on the IN.gov site: http://www.in.gov/dnr/water/3595.htm You put your info in in various ways and can search to see if your well was recorded.

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