posted on Mar, 9 2016 @ 11:39 PM
a reply to: Skid Mark
You likely have a small leak on the suction side --- as opposed to the output side. As other members have said, you could also have a problem with
the foot valve that goes down into the well. The foot valve has a gasket and spring arrangement that keeps the pressure when the pump isn't being
used, but allows for water to be drawn up from the well.
Check around the suction side of the pump very carefully and see if you can see any small drops of water. It's sometimes useful to wrap the pipe and
pump fittings with a dark cloth or rag, because the cloth will show you water (by getting darker) that you eyes can't always see.
There looks to be a pressure gauge at the bottom of the tank. Without using any water, watch the gauge and see if it is loosing any pressure.
Watch it for 1/2 hour or so without using any water. If you're loosing even a pound or two of pressure, that might well be the foot valve.
I'm good with this kind of thing. Most of it is patience. We'll figure it out together if you want.
ETA: I just figured out that the picture isn't your tank, but one like what you have. Okay. Is the pump a 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp pump and does it run
off 110 or 220? Is there a pressure gauge?
The tank probably has a bladder inside, that is inflated to about 20-30 psi depending upon the pressure setting on the pump switch. Sometimes the
bladders fail and that could be exacerbating your problem.
edit on 9/3/16 by argentus because: (no reason given)