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Thread: The well pump cycles on and off continuously

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    Default The well pump cycles on and off continuously

    Ok, now I'm worried. The well pump cycles on and off even when we're not using water. Who do I call?

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    Empire Pump.

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    check the pressure tank.... Shudy in Green Forest

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    Shudy and Empire are two arms of the same company, I believe. I have had good expierences with them-sounds like pressure switch on the pressure tank.
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    I think the pressure tank was just water-logged. I pumped air into it and the pump and I immediately settled down.

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    How much air are they supposed to have in them?

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    Hope you solved your problem. If that wasn't it, the foot valve may be bad or there may be a leak in a pipe between the well and the tank. You can tell by watching the pressure gauge while not using water and if it drops, there is a leak. I agree with the recommendations on Empire.

    Sam, here is a good basic article on pressure balance in the tank. http://www.waterwell.cc/tankbalance.htm
    Last edited by Sarah Moore; 07-29-2012 at 11:24 AM. Reason: addition

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    My dads was doing that and I went and replaced the pressure switch and it stopped now it is working just fine

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    Sarah, thanks.

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    Sarah is correct the other common issue would be a foot valve allowing the pipe to drain.. and re-pack.. and drain. In which case Shudy would have to pull the pipe and change the valve. Most older wells have heavy metal piping.... if it does come down to pulling pipe to change a foot valve and it is iron you might want to consider scrapping the iron and putting pvc, which in an emergency you may be able to pull yourself and at the very worst won't have to worry about springing leaks and rusting out down the line.
    Last edited by akerue; 07-29-2012 at 03:31 PM.

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