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Jet Pump Troubleshooting

Jet Pump Troubleshooting

Jet pumps can be used for several different types of applications. Whether you are using a jet pump to supply water to your home from a water well or irrigate a garden, crops, or landscaping, you will need to know some common jet pump issues and identify ways to troubleshoot to keep your pump in top working condition. Here are some common symptoms, possible causes, and corrective actions for maintaining a jet pump. If your jet pump will not start, there are a few possible causes: System pressure has not dropped to switch's "On" or "Cut-in" pressure. Fuse or circuit breaker in your fuse box or breaker box has blown or tripped. The pump's motor is set to incorrect voltage, or, voltage being fed to motor does not match the motor's rated voltage. The hose from the pump body to the pressure switch is blocked, clogged, or frozen or has come off one end. The pressure switch contacts are dirty or burned. The power wires are loose or disconnected. The starting component of the pump's motor has failed. Go down the list of possible causes to determine the problem with the pump. The zone valve may not be opening to allow water to move. Try checking or repairing the zone valve. Check all wiring, pressure switch, and motor to make sure there aren't any loose wires or connections. Relieve pressure from system by removing the hose from the pump body and pressure switch and see if you can blow through it. If you cannot, it's clogged. Remove whatever is clogging it and reinstall the hose. Are the Pressure Switch Contacts Dirty or Damaged? Measure the voltage on the motor side of the switch to see if the proper voltage is getting through. If not, replace the pressure switch. Check the voltage at motor (and/or pressure switch) to determine which wire(s) are loose and repair as needed. Has Continue reading >>

How To Tell If Your Well Pump Is Bad - Mr. Rooter Plumbing

How To Tell If Your Well Pump Is Bad - Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Need more information or assistance? Call the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing! Chances are youll need to call in a plumber to make a thorough check, but there are a few simple checks you can do to determine if a minor problem is stopping your water supply. Some people immediately think their well pump has stopped working, but with a few different components that get your well water into your home, how do you know if your well pump is broken? The pump will certainly stop working at some point, but lets go over some of the other issues you should also focus on. There are three possibilities that could be stopping your water: Well failure (low supply of water in the ground) Equipment failure (of the well water equipment or from a power failure affecting the equipment) Plumbing breakdown (clogged or broken pipes) When you discover you dont have any water, the first thing to check is your electrical panel. See if the circuit for your well pump and pressure tank is in the on position. If not, flip it to on and see if that gets your system running. If this seemed to solve your problem, it could have been a one-time glitch and you may not have any other issues at least for a while. But if the breaker goes out again, call in a professional to diagnose the problem, as they will know how to tell if your well pump is bad. Your next check, if needed, is your pressure tank. Look at the pressure gauge and see if its showing a reading above 20 psi. Depending on the type of pressure tank, it could be indicating a higher psi, but if your tank is showing pressure, then your problem is likely within your house and not a problem with the well pump or well. No pressure? Then your problem is the well pump, well, pressure tank or switch. Call a service provider with the information youve Continue reading >>

Submersible Well Pump Is Kicking On All The Time

Submersible Well Pump Is Kicking On All The Time

Submersible Well Pump Is Kicking on All the Time When all the components on a submersible well pump are working properly, the pump turns on automatically when the water pressure drops below a specified level. It then runs until the water in the pressure tank returns to the preset cutoff point. Drops in water pressure level should correspond with use. This means the only time the pump should run is when water is being used. If a pump constantly cycles on and off frequently or without apparent reason, check the system immediately to prevent wasted energy usage and potential damage to the pump. The pressure switch controls the flow of electricity to the pump. When it is not properly adjusted or is defective it can cause the pump to quickly turn on and off. Test this by opening a faucet and watching the pressure gauge. If the pressure gauge drops only a few pounds before the pressure switch trips and sends power to the pump, adjust or replace the switch. Both bladder and captured air pressure tanks are designed to maintain a constant even flow of water by compressing a layer of air at the top of the tank. This cushion of air provides the reserve pressure necessary for smooth operation. Since water does not compress, a lack of reserve air pressure inside the tank causes the pressure switch to turn on soon after water begins to flow from the tank. Check this by turning the power to the well off and draining the pressure tank. Once the tank is drained, check the remaining air pressure with a tire pressure gauge. If the pressure is low, use a bicycle pump or air compressor to restore pressure in the tank. Check the tank manufacturer's specifications for proper working air pressure. If the tank won't maintain air pressure at all, you may have a ruptured barrier and will need to Continue reading >>

Help! My Well Pump Keeps Running

Help! My Well Pump Keeps Running

Wondering why your well pump is running non-stop? Well help you troubleshoot this plumbing problem. If your well pump keeps running, its usually because of one of the following issues: The pump pressure control switch is faulty Lets go into more detail about each of these 6 common well pump problems and how to solve them. 6 common problems that make your well pump run non-stop Dont want to try and troubleshoot the problem yourself? Give us a call . Well find and fix the problem. If you have an appliance like a toilet or sink thats always running, your pump may also run non-stop. Thats because a running appliance demands a constant flow of water, which forces your pump to run constantly. Note: Two common home plumbing fixtures that are prone to run constantly are a toilet and a kitchen sink. For more information on how to fix them, read these articles: Why Is My Toilet Running Constantly/Randomly? Solution: Follow these steps to find out if a running appliance is causing your well pump to run constantly: Turn off the main water supply to your home . If your pump stops running after you shut off the main water supply, then it could mean one of your plumbing fixtures is demanding too much water. Turn the main water supply back on, then check plumbing fixtures like sinks, showers and toilets as well as outside garden hoses and lawn sprinklers to make sure theyre not running constantly or leaking. If you have any leaks or a constantly running appliance make sure you repair them (you may need a plumbers help to do so). See if your well pump functions normally again after you fix any leaks. If your well pump is still running, you may have another issue. In that case, read on You can have 2 different types of pump systems: an above-ground jet pump system , or an underground su Continue reading >>

Water Pump Keeps On Running - Pump Can't Reach Shutoff Pressure

Water Pump Keeps On Running - Pump Can't Reach Shutoff Pressure

InspectAPedia tolerates no conflicts of interest. We have no relationship with advertisers, products, or services discussed at this website. How to diagnose & fix a water pump that doesn't shut off: this article explains how to diagnose & repair a bore hole or well water water pump that keeps on running and won't shut off. We include a Table of Diagnostic Steps for a Well Pump that Won't Shut Off and manufaturer contact information for many borehole or well pump brands. We also provide a MASTER INDEX to this topic, or you can try the page top or bottom SEARCH BOX as a quick way to find information you need. Green links show where you are. Copyright 2017 InspectApedia.com, All Rights Reserved. Following our description of reasons that a well pump won't stop running (just below) we provide a Table of Diagnostic Steps for a Well Pump that Won't Shut Offnt. The photograph at page top shows a one-line jet pump, the water pressure tank, and a water softener. We know from the fact that this is a single line jet well pump that the well is a shallow one, probably less than 27' deep. Well depth may have implications for water quantity and quality and vulnerability to surface water contamination. Watch out: the first thing to do to protect your pump from damage if it simply wont' turn off is to shut off electrical power to the pump. If the building has no water pressure, turn off the water pump immediately. Running a water pump "dry" risks causing internal damage to the pump. If there is no water pressure, See WATER PRESSURE LOSS DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR - topic home. If your building has some water pressure (check at a nearby faucet) but the well pump keeps on runningand won't shut off, that's what we are discussing here. Several problems can cause a water pump to keep running instead Continue reading >>

Jet Pump Troubleshooting

Jet Pump Troubleshooting

Please use caution when checking anything electrical. Pumps use 115 or 230 volts AC which can injure or kill. Always turn off circuit breaker (or remove fuse) that feeds the pump before servicing or inspecting it. Some of these troubleshooting items will involve voltage testing. If you are not comfortable doing that, hire a professional electrician. System pressure has not dropped to switch's "On" or "Cut-in" pressure Run more water out of the system until pressure drops to the "On" point of the pressure switch Fuse or circuit breaker in your fuse box or breaker box has blown or tripped. Inspect wiring, pressure switch, and motor for a problem that would have tripped the breaker or popped the fuse. Repair problem then replace fuse or reset breaker Motor is set to incorrect voltage, or, voltage being fed to motor does not match the motor's rated voltage. Many pumps have dual voltage motors. Consult owners' manual to find how to set the pump to the correct voltage according to what the voltage is that it will actually be connected to. Confirm that voltage you have connected to the motor is what the motor is rated for. Hose from pump body to pressure switch is blocked / clogged / frozen or has come off one end. Relieve pressure from system. Remove hose from pump body and pressure switch and see if you can blow through it. If clogged, remove whatever is clogging it. Reinstall hose Pressure switch contacts are dirty or burned Measure voltage on motor side of the switch to see if proper voltage is getting through. If not, replace pressure switch Check voltage at pressure switch to determine which wire(s) are loose and repair as needed. Test motor's capacitor and start contactor to see if they are good. Replace as needed if not. If everything above tests OK, the motor may hav Continue reading >>

Green Risks: My Well Has Stopped Working- What To Do

Green Risks: My Well Has Stopped Working- What To Do

One day you turn on the faucet and nothing happens. Ifyou have a private drinking water well you will have to determine how to getyour water back on. There are a number of reasons why a well might suddenlystop producing water, but basically they all break down into equipment failure, depletion of the aquifer or othergroundwater problems and failing well design and construction. There is one other possibility-that your pipes have frozen. ( See February 19, 2015 article ). Equipment problems are not only the easiest toidentify and fix, they are more common than groundwater problems (which werecovered in a previous post) or well design and construction issues.First check the power to the well and check to see if you have a short. If your well stopped working right after a thunder storm, check to see if the well was struck by lightning. This is fairly common in the south.If there is a short in the pump system it will blow the circuit and if there was a power surge as the pump was turning on a circuit could have blown. So turn off and on the pumps circuit breakers or change the fuses. Pumps generally have two circuits tied together because an immersion pump draws a lot of power (240 volts). Make sure both circuits are on- a small water drizzle is one sign of a 240 volt pump getting only 120 volts.If the pump keeps turning off and it is not because of dry well, then there might be a short. Intermittentepisodes of severe water pressure loss or even no water is usually a sign of aproblem with the water supply. If you have water first thing in the morning andagain when you get home from work, but the supply seems to run out especiallywhen doing laundry or taking a shower, then you may have a groundwater problem.Sudden failure or failure after a power outage is probably a mechan Continue reading >>

Well Pump Wont Shut Off? 5 Things To Check

Well Pump Wont Shut Off? 5 Things To Check

Well Pump Wont Shut Off? 5 Things to Check This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. Water well pumps are engineered to last, but like any mechanical component, things can go wrong. Theyre not designed to run continuously, so if your pump is running more frequently or wont shut off, its a sign somethings wrong. Here are five relatively common problems to check: Pressure control switch. Check the switch setting to make sure it hasnt drifted or been reset to a level higher than the pumps stated capacity. Reduce the pressure setting, and if the pump shuts off youve located the problem. To examine the switch itself, turn the electricity off, and if it appears damaged have it replaced. Pressure sensor tubing. If the sensor switch tubing is blocked, the pressure control system cant function. Remove the tubing, blow into it to remove any blockage, clean it and reinstall it. Replace the tubing if you cant remove the blockage. If the sensor switch itself is clogged, it will need to be replaced. Well prime. If you have a jet pump, check to see if the pump has lost its prime. (Submersible pumps are self-priming since theyre submerged in water.) Its possible to reprime the pump by refilling the pump housing if you have several gallons of water, access to the prime opening and follow the manufacturers directions. Turn off power to the pump before you start, refill the housing, restart the pump and watch the pressure gauge to confirm pressure is being restored. Running water or leaks. Inside check all faucets and toilets and outside check faucets and watering systems to make sure theyre not running. Look for signs of a leaking or broken plumbing pipe anywhere in the system, including water heaters and heating boilers. If there are no signs of leak Continue reading >>

Why Is My Well Pump Is Running All The Time?

Why Is My Well Pump Is Running All The Time?

Why is my well pump is running all the time? A common phone call we receive from customers is a complaint that their well pump will not shut off or their electric bill has suddenly gone through the roof. When a well pump is running all the time and will not shut off the most common reason is that the well pump is not able to build enough pressure in the system to tell the pressure switch to turn the well pump off. When this happens there are typically two common causes. The most common cause is a hole in the drop pipe down the well. The submersible pump delivers water from the bottom of the well to the pressure tank through the drop pipe that runs from the pump to the top of the well. In most older installations galvanized pipe was used for the drop pipe. As the galvanized pipe sits in the well it can develop what starts as a small pin hole leak and will continue to grow larger. As the well pump delivers water a portion is continually running back into the well preventing the well pump to build sufficient pressure to reach its cut off pressure. When this happens the pump will need to be removed from the well and in most cases we will replace the existing galvanized drop pipe with PVC plastic pipe. In addition to the new plastic pipe we will also install stainless steel couplings to join each section of pipe. Another common cause could be a leak in the plumbing from the well to the home. In this case inspect the path of the existing underground plumbing and look for a wet spot or a spot where the grass or vegetation is noticeably larger and or greener then the surrounding landscapes. While there are other causes for low pressure we hope this helps and if you do notice lower water pressure or higher electric bills we are always available to send out a technician and perf Continue reading >>

What Do I Do When My Water Pump Won't Shut Off?

What Do I Do When My Water Pump Won't Shut Off?

What do I do when my water pump won't shut off? I noticed my water pump running when there was no water being used so I shut it off by the breaker for a few seconds then back on and it shut off. But now that doesn't work so what can I do? If your pit is empty is not good. If your pump is stel running then you need to adjust the levler or replace it if is damaged. I am guessing that when you heard your pump running on and on that you had no water pressure in your home. If you draw your water from a private source there are a few different problems that can come up - if you have a jet pump-one trouble that can happen is some rust or debris has gotten stuck in the venture of your pump - this is a funnel looking object inside the pump. it is located inside where your intake pipe comes into the pump-located by removing the 2 bolts opening the pump at the leather gasket and flushing out the plastic venture. (pour some water through it opposite the direction of flow) probably be obvious. A very small piece of rust can cause your pump to run on and on never reaching pressure. The fact that your pump is not working when you restore power - Some pressure switches need a certain amount of pressure to operate- this ensures that your pump stops when you loose prime. After you have the rust or debris removed and your pump is put back together- Remove the small nut holding on the cover on your pressure switch, using a piece of wood or something -push and hold open the plate held closed by a spring - opening the small contact points will allow power to pump and it will begin to pressurize. You need to hold this plate open until your water pressure is around 15 or 20 pounds. Then it will remain open on its own and hopefully will come up to pressure for you. *** Be very careful to avoid Continue reading >>

My Well Pump Will Not Build Pressure

My Well Pump Will Not Build Pressure

I have a 35ft deep well and 1 hp well pump above ground. This morning we had no water and the pump was not running. We replaced everything few months ago from the foot valve, the pipe to the pump itself. The pump won't build pressure after we prime it. We shut off the valve going to our tank and the pump sometimes will build pressure up to 10 psi but not every time. The tank has pressure and the pump reservoir is filled or primed before we turn it on and it still won't build pressure. We open the reservoir up air comes out in we do it all over again. We checked the new line no holes and theres a new foot valve. So why are we not getting water? I hope you can help we are open to any suggestions, thank you. Ok my husband worked on the line to the well and turns out it had an air pocket. Once he got the air out of the line it worked and the pump begin to build pressure. It is working for now but my questions is why would our line get air in it or better how did it? We made sure the fittings are tight and we used teflon tape were needed. Also, we are new at having a well we don't understand much but we are learning and I would like to say thank you for all of your help. We have lost pressure again, pump wants to build pressure but cant. How and why would we be losing pressure? If we go throughout the day not using the pump it loses pressure. we think it was air in the line, we got it working this morning then about 20 mins ago it quit working after priming it again with a couple gals of water its back working again. We made sure all our seals are tight but we can't figure out why or how we are getting air in the line. If its not that we don't know why its doing it. My husband said that this morning what he did was fill the reservoir on the pump up and then he would turn it Continue reading >>

Pump Running With Pressure But No Water In Tank Or Out Of Faucet

Pump Running With Pressure But No Water In Tank Or Out Of Faucet

pump running with pressure but no water in tank or out of faucet To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free! pump running with pressure but no water in tank or out of faucet pump running with pressure but no water in tank or out of faucet pump has been getting waterlogged often but working ok. pump is only 4 years old. this morning when I woke up I heard the pump running and not turning off yet no water was running anywhere. I flipped the breaker to keep from burning up the pump(that's why my pump is only 4 years old, old one burned up). had to go to work, when I got home I primed it and when I flipped the breaker it had pressure but no water output. another thing, before I primed it I tried to drain the tank to take care of ongoing waterlogging problem but no water came out. thoughts? 1. Pushing open the Schrader valve on top of a modern bladder equipped pressure tank is not the way to drain it. With a faucet open upstairs and the pump off, re-pressurize the pressure tank to be a few PSI less than the turn on pressure for the system and pump. 2. The bladder that isolates the Schrader valve and an intentional air pocket under it from the water system so water should never come out there. If working properly the minimum pressure you will measure at the Schrader valve will be the pre-pressurized amount (that should be the few PSI less than the pump turn on pressure). Actual system pressure, if less, would be measured by a built in valve in the piping below or away from the pressure tank. 3. If you have a gauge at the pump measuring pressure while a faucet upstairs is open and delivering nothing, then you could have a stuck check valve or clog somewhere in between. A couple questions. You said Continue reading >>

Plumbing - Well Pump Runs Constantly; Pressure Tank Doesn't Fill - Home Improvement Stack Exchange

Plumbing - Well Pump Runs Constantly; Pressure Tank Doesn't Fill - Home Improvement Stack Exchange

Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill I have a well and pressure tank (Well-X-Trol WX-250). Upon troubleshooting low water pressure in our home, I discovered that our pressure tank is never filling and our well pump is running constantly. The pressure gauge at the front of the WX-250 normally shows a constant 27 PSI. This drops to 0 when the power is turned off to the pump, and drops to 10-15 when a faucet is turned on inside the house. Initially the air pressure inside the WX-250 was around 10 PSI. I increased this to the recommended 38 PSI but it seems to not have had an impact. I'm sure water isn't going into the pressure tank. When I turn off the power to the pump and open the valve from the tank, no water comes out. Is my problem with the well pump or with the pressure tank? Could I have a blockage in the pipe that connects to the pressure tank? Submersible pump (in the well) or suction pump/jet pump (pump in the house)? Ecnerwal May 23 '15 at 21:47 Allowing for the possibility that it could be otherwise as diagnosis via internet is imperfect.... I see both a pump problem and a check valve problem here. While they may be located in the same place (if your only check valve is on the pump - which is the way mine is set up) they are not the same thing...though I also see another possibility that would do both. Pump problem - pressure not getting above 27 PSI, or 15 with a faucet open. Check valve problem - when you shut off the pump the pressure dropsto zero - unless you are using water, the pressure should stay at 27 if it was pumped up to 27. When you only had 10 PSI in the tank, there should have been some water storage - when raised to 38, no water could possibly make it into the tank, since that's designed for 40/60 PSI operation and won't take a Continue reading >>

Well Pump Wont Shut Off : Plumbing

Well Pump Wont Shut Off : Plumbing

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. 1) PICS, PICS, PICS! When asking questions please post pictures of the problem fixtures and piping, this can help enormously when it comes to diagnostics. 2) Please let us know what happens with your issue after it has been resolved; we want to know if our advice worked. We want you to succeed, and we want to know when we've failed. 3) If you are charging money for your services, please DO NOT advertise here. 4) Don't be afraid to ask "dumb questions". There is never any harm in knowing more about the world you live in. 5) We do not find chemical drain cleaners conducive to good upkeep on most plumbing systems, we do not encourage their use at all; in fact, we may make fun of you for wasting your money buying them and possibly risking your well being for using them. 6) The best way to find out about pricing is to call plumbers in your area and request quotes. Anonymous internet plumbers who have no stake in your job (i.e. accountability) are not the right folks to ask regarding the cost of your job, what you already paid, a bid or quote, etc. Any threads started on this subject will be removed. Something to note:The people working in your local big box store are often too cautious to say "I don't know", so they may give you bad advice. You shouldn't hold anyone's opinion as fact unless it is a REAL plumbing professional that has seen it first hand. A note to plumbers:Regarding Pro flair: Message all the mods with an imgur link showing your plumber license, along with a scrap of paper with your username on it, to prove that you Continue reading >>

Well Pump Won't Shut Off, Rapid Loss In Water Pressure | This Old House

Well Pump Won't Shut Off, Rapid Loss In Water Pressure | This Old House

Well pump won't shut off, rapid loss in water pressure My wife and I bought a 50 year old house about 6 months ago and only recently have we started having problems with our water pressure. We have a sears hydro-glass 1/2hp convertable jet pump paired with a well x-trol pressure tank. The pressure tank gives no indication of its capacity but it does say the max pressure is 100psi. These both are located in a well pit about 5 feet deep so that the cold Ohio winter doesn't hamper their performance. Our problem stems from a rapid loss of pressure at all locations after turning on either cold or hot water. The trickle that comes out is barely enough to take a shower with. I've noticed that the well pump has remained on constantly and does get hot to the touch. The pressure gauge reads 70psi and stays on constantly. This was not the norm prior to our problem. Usually the pump turns on at 40PSI and cuts off at 60PSI. For fear of burning the pump up, I've been shutting off the circuit breaker to the well pump when we don't need water. The well pump and pressure tank are approximately 30 years old. I'm fairly convinced that this is a pump/pressure tank problem because the problem isn't localized and it happens with cold and hot water. Is there a way to tell if the problem is with one component vs the other? I'm sure that both pump and p tank have not been serviced in a long time as the woman who we bought the property from was handicapped and elderly. Re: Well pump won't shut off, rapid loss in water pressure To start with it sounds like your pressure switch is bad or has frozen and has ice in in the pressure tube. If it has frozen you may also have ice in the pressure tank. The single digit temps we had may have done it in. The gage may also have been damaged. It is also poss Continue reading >>

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