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OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 10, 2008 01:49PM
I use the well only for watering the yard since I got rural water. It hadn't been used for a few months and was insulated during the cold season. I went to turn it on and the pressure regulator and pump didn't come on. The pressure tank gurgled awhile and that was it. There was cool condesation on the bottom third of the pressure tank. I tripped the breaker and it didn't fix it. The pressure gauge is stuck on 15 PSI. The wiring inside the gauge looks OK. Will a bad pressure regulator keep the pump from coming on? Where do I start?
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Re: OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: slbett
Date: February 10, 2008 01:56PM
Try taking regulator and or pressure gauge off and clean inside pipe. Rust may have built up and caused it not to read true pressure. Worth a shot.
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Re: OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 10, 2008 03:38PM
The water is extremely rusty. That sounds logical. Would that keep the pump from turning on?
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Re: OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: February 10, 2008 05:40PM
The pump pressure switch is what turns it on and off. Turn off the power and see if the contacts are closed. If they aren't, try to manually close them (the mechanics could be stuck).

If they are closed you need a voltage tester to see if you are getting power to and through them.

This is the pressure switch.



Fred Also
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Re: OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 10, 2008 05:52PM
I had to replace it several years ago. It's probably time again. I hope that's all it is.
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Re: OT: Water well pump won't come on.
Posted by: martin
Date: February 10, 2008 10:09PM
Your pump need to be primed? (I realize I'm leaving myself open [not again?!] with this question.)
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