I want to post an experience that I just had with having no water and gather some opinions from others on what they think about it.
I live in a 7 year old home. The well was dug 430 feet deep. The pump was about 400 feet deep. I had some folks come out and look at my 'no water' issue, and they started to troubleshoot by checking the control panel (which showed it wasn't the culprit) and then they told me that the next step was that we need to pull the pump out of the ground....so they started....
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.
I didn't get a good answer as to how all these things can start with a short in a wire. But one explanation is that the casing is @ 200 feet, and beyond 200 feet theres a chance that the pipe moves scrapes the limestone, then causes a crack in the wire, which then the water when it hits the break in the wire shorts the pump out.
Some of my concerns - how did the bladder break (how can there be any correlation with the wire breaking in the well hole)? I didn't get any good answers on that - just said it was a bad pressure tank and that they don't like that model (even though they were the folks who sold it to me).
Why did the control panel need to be replaced? They said that the capacitor was leaking some white stuff, and because of that it will probably need to be replaced. Yet, asking them to replace the capacitor (alone) and not the $187 control panel - they said they don't do that.
Does anyone else see some concerns here? Oh, I did keep all the 'broken' parts. Maybe someone can help me understand just how broke the parts are. I plan on filling up the pressure tank with water and seeing if it does hold air in it. I do remember that when I was checking the pressure gauge (when I did NOT have water) that it read 50 PSI. How would that show 50 PSI if the bladder in the pressure tank was broken?
Frustrated, and much much poorer.