Well pump issue - NO WATER!

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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Get a second and third opinion from other companies.
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And never again let anyone from that rip-off company on the property.
Harry K
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Agree! There is a lot here that doesn't sound right. Like this:
"At about 280 feet, they approached me and said that there was a break in the wire, and that they could either fix the break in the wire AND replace the pressure tank, and control panel for $2800 total. OR they could do the whole thing (go down the extra 120 feet, pull the pump out, replace the pump, wire, control panel and water reservoir all for $4900 total. "
WTF? Why would they quote replacing the pump without FIRST determining if it needs replacing or not? And what's the big deal about just pulling another 120 ft of pipe to get to the pump? And what morons would even consider NOT pulling the whole thing at that point. Like, how about they splice the bad spot and there is bad spot on the wire another 50 ft down? Bottom line, once you start pulling the pipe and pump, to do the whole thing is what? Another 1/2 hour of labor?
I live in NJ which isn't known for low prices. Just had a new 50 ft complete well drilled, including 1hp submersible pump, 23 gal pressure tank, 50 ft of trenching, permits, etc. Total cost: $3900 So, why should it cost $2800 to replace a tank, controller and splice a wire? And why does it cost $2100 additional to pull 120 ft of pipe and replace the pump? He doesn't say how many GPM, etc, but for a domestic 400 ft well I bet you can find a typical pump for $1000. Some googling should confirm it.
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On Nov 12, 8:52 am, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Ya, they proposed replacing every part from the bottom of the well to the exit from the pressure tank. Surprised they didn't stick him with drilling a new well and replacing all the pipe in his house and out to the well.
Harry K
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on 11/10/2009 11:40 AM (ET) snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote the following:

My well is 25 years old and still has the original pressure tank. The well pump (325 feet down) has been repaired or replaced twice. The first time, a pigtail on the pump had broken. Of course the whole thing had to be pulled from the ground to repair. The pigtail was replaced and the same pump replaced in the ground. The second time, a lightning strike near the well fried the pump. Both times, the labor and parts were at, or below $600. The well pump went for about $300 at the time. If the pump fails, it has nothing to do with the pressure tank or control panel. Luckily for me, my daughter recently married a guy who is a home construction contractor, so the prices will surely drop for me.

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In Hamptonburgh, NY
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