Our water has been shutting off the last few weeks. It does it when we
are using alot of water and when we just get home and use it. We have to
move the lever on the control box with a tap on and it starts up again
right away and it will then work fine for a few days and shut off again.
Sometimes it will do it a couple of times a day. I am new to wells, etc.
so I have no idea what to try to fix it. The well is 110' deep and there
is a tank and control box inside the house. I have noticed the water
pressure has gone down over the last year, although nobody else in the
house seemed to. We have lived here 3 years and never had a problem
before. Is there anything I can try before calling a plumber?
Sounds like the pressure contacts or start contacts, whatever,
depending on the kind of system, are borked. Unless you're sure
of what you're doing, ti's probably best to call in an expert.
You likely need something changed out.
AFTER the contactors or whatever are fixed and working, mention
this to whoever's working on it. Most likely it's going to be
self-correcting OR the guy doing the work for you will be
resetting it anyway, but mention it to him just in case it's the
bladder or something in the tank, etc.. The How Things Work web
site might be informative for you at this point.
Yah, I probably will but thought if it was something simple I could save
some money. Doesn't hurt to ask. I was talking to a neighbour and he
said the pump and tank are probably 13 years old. How long do these
Where is this site? I know the pressure was lower because the washer and
dishwasher took alot longer to run thru' their cycle but since I am the
one who uses these the most, I am the only one who noticed. How do you
tell water pressure anyway? Do you put a gallon container under a tap
and see how long it takes to fill up? I never really even thought about
the pump, tank, etc. until now. Is there regular maintenance needed to
be done to prevent the problems I am having?
most well systems are pretty well maintenance free. it could be a
simple fix but a number of different things could cause the switch to
lock out. pumps have a average life of 15 years tanks very depending on
water quality. i have seen them go 2 years and i have seen them last
thirty years.low water isn't allways due to water level the pump might
have problems keeping up with demand and the switch will lock it out.
in maryland we have areas that the well casing only goes in the ground
about sixty feet the rest of the well is drilled through a rock and the
hole in the rock is used as the casing. water seeps out of the rock
filling the hole. the switch you have with the lever on it is a good
sign that the well may be a low production well. if it wasn't there
should be no lever on the switch. the low production well use the well
as a resivoir. a six inch well will hold 1.4 gals. per foot. some well
companys will offer free estimates but i know with gas and labor prices
theese days most dont. we are the only ones in this area that doo. i
would call around in your area and see if any do.but stick with a well
service most plumbers dont have the equiptment to pull a pump if
dont call a plumber call a well service company. the lever you are
resetting is there to reset after a low water condition usually found
in rock wells or low production wells. if you have to reset it that
often there is a problem with the tank,pump or well. it locks the pump
out to keep it from burning up in a low water condition. what state are
you in? scott
I don't think it is a water level problem because we can use alot of water
right after it has shut off and it does not shut off again. I don't know
what a rock well is but we were told they had to put 2 sand things (have no
idea the proper term) in when they drilled it. Could sand cause the
problems we are having?
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