I was using the water today to de-ice some tools when the water slowed
way down then stopped. I am intimate with the well and it's hook
ups from previous experiences. I hooked all of it up myself and have
had to trouble shoot it before. ,There is a sub box by the house
where the well hooks up and I I assumed the problem was. Sometimes
the pump would throw the breaker, sometimes just slow it way down.
In the freezing cold, I worked around for some time double checking
connections in there, swapping breakers, and moving breakers, just
troubleshooting. I decided the problem was either with the wire or
with the pump itself rather than the sub box. Praying that the pump
was OK, I performed further trouble shooting on the circuit. The
pump is a 220v hook up. When hooked up properly, it throws the
breaker. When the ground is removed, the pump and water work
perfectly and are working now. .
I assume that this means the bare wire is touching one of the hot
wires somewhere inside the jacketed romex. Does that sound right?
The darn thing is a single run directly to the well pump 150ft
underground. I have yet to make a full visual inspection of the above
ground part but don't expect to find anything visual with the Romex
style wire. What risk do I run with running the pump without that
ground? I assume that the pump will have to be pulled from 150ft down
to replace the wire which could be unpleasant. Ideas?