Recently had a new submerged well pump installed.
Are there any off the shelf devices that can be
used to give a remote indication that the pump is
on and running ?
Maybe something I can get at Home Depot or Lowes
that can sense motor current draw and light a lamp ?
Just take a table lamp and remove the plug and and connect the two
wires across the pressure regulator connections that turn on the pump.
If it is 220, you hook one wire to neutral and the other to one of the
I have a $120 multimeter that has an rs232 output that you could hook
to a computer and with the meter amp clamp you can make a permanent
record of the pumps use of electricity.
In my case, although it wasn't intended, I can hear the pump running
if I listen closely. Why would you want to? Well, this spring it
told me I had a leak that was getting worse, ran every hour but was
accelerating until it was running every 30 minutes when I finally
isolated the leaking underground pipe. If I had not been able to tell
it was running I don't know when the leak would ahve been discovered.
"Harry K" wrote in message
Exactly my reason for wanting to know when it's running -
(elderly parents house, they're hearing isn't that good, and
the house has older pipes that have sprung pinhole leaks in
the past). When it was the older jet pump, it could be heard,
but the submerged pump 40 feet from the foundation sort of
rules that out.
thanks for the replies so far
If the question is just that the pump has power(not that it is internally bad)
you can hang a neon light off the pressure switch. There is probably a junction
box at the well head where you can get to the leads. I have them on all of my
You silly, you dont have to stand there and stare at it..........you cycle
the pump up till it cuts out and then you turn off the power--now dont use
any water, till after you come back and checl it again an hour or two
later--maybe go grocery shopping or watch a movie.......
Perhaps I missed something here--but at the outset I had asked why one would
be concerned as to exactly when the pump cycles......I see no other reason
unless one does indeed suspect a leak....
Additionally, no reason a pressure gage couldnt still be placed inside the
house, giving a fairly reliable indication of pump cycling activity.......if
pressure drops and nobody is using water, then you have strong evidence
something is amiss--I suppose a pressure switch could even be added here to
light an indicator bulb if one desired, the switch setting would be a few
psi above minimum pressure at full flow conditions....this all unless there
is a check valve between the well tank and the home, of course........
To explain the possible existence of a checkvalve, I guess I should add some
Our system has the well located over 1000 ft from the residence--piping is
through 3/4in poly and so I got very low delivery and pressure at the house
under full flow conditions when I bought the place..........
The situation has been mitigated to a large degree by my installation of a
check valve, along with second bladder tank within the home.........so now,
if I wanted to remotely monitor pressures, I would need to install two
pressure gages inside the home, one before the check valve, and one
after--this would give me indication ( in a roundabout way ) whether a leak
was inside or outside of the home.......
thank you all who responded
i think what i'm going to do is acquire a pressure
switch (with the same trip points as the pump, 40 psi
cut in / 60 psi cut off), and use the easiest point
in the kitchen to tie into (a flexible hose feeding
the kitchen sink).
tie it into the cold side, and just wire up a low
voltage battery in series with the switch to light
up a lamp and beeper.
of course this is based on the presumption that the
pressure in the house pipes is the same as the pressure
reading i'd get at the input to the tank (driven from
the submerged well pump). if they're tracking pretty
much the same, i think it would give me an accurate
picture of when the pump is running (and also indicate
any pressure leakdowns from a pinhole leak, etc).
any feedback on this idea is welcome