For 3 years in the old house I bought, I had no water problems. Then, one day,
all was gone. (pump failure, drawing too much current). I had a plumber replace
the pump, wire and control box. (Turns out the well is 100 foot deep).
Since then, I run out of water when using just the clothes washer. I also run
out using other combinations. (NEVER did before except when I had the total
pump failure) . When I run out, I go to the basement and hold the reset switch
(the lever on the presssure switch assembly) and it recovers.
This keeps happening and the plumber won't call me back so I would like to
better understand what is happening. If I turn the "house" off and the tank
off so that the only thing that is hooked up is the pipe from the well coming
out a spigot thru a hose and into a 5 gallon bucket, I get 38psi at 10 gpm.
That seems good to me.
If I now turn the valves so that the tank is back on..(pipe comes out of well,
goes into pressure tank only..no water being drawn by the house). If I do
this, it takes like 8-10 minutes for the pressure gauge to go from 0 to 60 psi
( I am set for 40 cut in and 60 cutout). That seems very slow to me. (This is
with 22 psi precharge on what I guess is a 15 gallon tank).
Now the questions:
1) Will raising the precharge to say 30 psi help?
2) Will replacing the 15 gallon tank (it has a bladder but that tank looks
pretty old) with a 30 or so gallon tank help?
3) Is it possible that I got a defective pump that pumps OK but not against
4) Any other suggestions?