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Old 10-11-2007, 09:06 PM
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I'm getting very little water and pressure at the tank. I replaced the pressure sw and found that the tube that feeds it was clogged, I cleaned it out and no change. My next step tomorrow is to check the check valve right before the tank to make sure it's not frozen shut and pop the cap on the well and make sure my pitless adapter isn't leaking. Does this sound like the pump is shot? Any other ideas? I have a approximately 270' deep well, is replacing the pump a DIY job? Is rebuilding the pump feasable or just do an outright replacement? Thx.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:29 PM
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Hire a pro. It will get done in an hour or two. Pumps are not that expensive. If you pull it up...replace it. That is just my silly opinion.
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:45 AM
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Could be the foot is clogged.
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:12 AM
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Your well might even by going dry. There's a lot of that going on around here these days. If you pull the pump, check the water level. If the pump is more than 7 years old or so i'd consider replacing it anyway. If the pipe coming off of the pump is PVC or polyethylene you can probably do it yourself. My advice would be to hire a pro and that way you'll be reasonably sure the job is done right and the pump is put at the right depth.

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Old 10-12-2007, 10:16 AM
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I just had a 10 year old pump replaced on Monday. After watching the guy do it, I could now do it myself. My well is only 160' so we were able to pull it by hand. Check your control box if you have one. That was the tip-off that my pump was shot. The new pump has the controller built in.

4 years ago, the night of the day I closed on the house we had no water. Everything was OK at the inspection 45 days before. Turned out the well needed to be hydro-fractured (new fisures broken through) at a cost of about $ 3500. So far the water refill rate has been excellent, even in this drought.

Next job is replaceing the tank...
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:27 PM
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KeithS - 10/12/2007 12:06 AM

I'm getting very little water and pressure at the tank. I replaced the pressure sw and found that the tube that feeds it was clogged, I cleaned it out and no change. My next step tomorrow is to check the check valve right before the tank to make sure it's not frozen shut and pop the cap on the well and make sure my pitless adapter isn't leaking. Does this sound like the pump is shot? Any other ideas? I have a approximately 270' deep well, is replacing the pump a DIY job? Is rebuilding the pump feasable or just do an outright replacement? Thx.
Assuming you have a well with the motor down at the base (not a dug or shallow jet-pump style well) As others have said, the pump may be dying, its possible you have a leak in the hose and its possible you're low on water. What happens when low is the pump basically just pumps it up as fast as it trickles in and that could be slow.

If its really down 270', the combination of pump, hose and wire will probably be too heavy to pull up by hand. But its not rocket science, if you can pull it up, you can fix it. Pull the cap and drop a pebble down there and/or look down with a flashlight to see if you can see the level.

I also agree that if its been down there a while and you have to pull it up for other reasons, it may be a good idea to just replace it - they're not that expensive. I'm not aware that its practical or even possible to rebuild one.

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Old 10-12-2007, 02:11 PM
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Regardless of what you do, if you pull the pump out, make sure that you have the well chlorinated properly to disinfect it. If you don't have torque arrestors on the drop pipe you might want to consider putting some on. They're cheap and they can help extend the life of the pump and put less stress on the drop pipe.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:48 PM
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I think it's the pump. I verified the chk valve and pitless adapter today and it looked ok. Aside from pressure testing the pipe from the tank to the pump the pipe looks good, nothing obvious. I've got plenty of water, about 20' down from the surface. I had the well put in about 12 yrs ago so it looks like time for a new one. Thx for all your help.
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