Water pump cycling about every half hour? ? ?

This problem just started recently. Pressure is fine. No changes have been made to the water system this year. I checked the toilets, sinks (including underneath), ice maker, showers, outside faucets, water heater and under the house. I only found one joint under the house that drips about one drop every ten minutes. Could this be a pump beginning to fail? It is the original pump installed when the house was built in 1986
Thanks for your help.
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Check your pressure tank. Possibly the bladder has burst and it has become water-logged.
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Ummm...no. A burst bladder and water log will only show effects, i.e., pumpr running much too often, when water is drawn for use. It will not cause the pump to run if no water is being used (barring total hydraulic lock causing instant on/off cycling).
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Toilets can leak, put dye tablets in your toilet tank. Then look in the bowl
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (mark Ransley) wrote in message

Also a siphon is possible if a rag or even a string leads from the bowl through the trap.
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On Sat, 22 Nov 2003 17:36:09 -0500, "Frank K."

I assume you have underground pipes from the well to the house. You may have a leak underground.
Of course I assume you checked to be sure there are no dripping faucets or running toilets....
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net says...

Could be a leaking check valve.
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If it is a 2 inch well you may have a hole in the caseing! Check by closing valve supplying the house to isolate it from the volume tank. Wate and watch pressure gauge. If it drops it is most likley bad foot valve or hole in caseing.

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Shut off the water just past the pressure tank and observe the pressure gauge over the next half hour. If it falls, the leak is on the well side from the pressure tank to the check or foot valve in the well. If it doesn't, the leak is on the house side. Put some food coloring in each toilet tank and see if it shows up in the bowl after 30 minutes. First make sure the water level is adjusted correctly; that's about an inch below the top of the overflow tube. And fix the dripping fitting you mentioned.
Gary Quality Water Associates
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On Sat, 22 Nov 2003 17:36:09 -0500, "Frank K."

There should be a shutoff valve right next to the tank, which shuts the water off to the house, and all underground pipe. Shut it off, and see if the pump still cycles. If this stops the cycling, the problem is in the house, or a leak underground in the pipe. If the pump still cycles, problem is in the well or pump itself.
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I turned off the water valve to my workshop two days ago. This morning I lifted the toilet tank top and the tank was empty.
Thanks to all who replied.
Frank

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Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and watch the bowl for the color. Watch for at least 30 minutes but as long as a number of hours; like over night. It may be nothing more than a toilet flapper valve leak.
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