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Re: Voltage Drop?
keith3267 wrote:

...I don't think I've ever heard of a submersible pump having a capacitor, just jet pumps.

...if I were you, I'd start budgeting for a new pump, and if it turns out that you don't need one, then use the money for a vacation.

I believe most submersible pumps have capacitors. If the pump is a "two wire" pump (red & black plus green ground going down the well) the capacitor will be on the pump motor; the pump must be pulled for repair.

If it's a "three wire" pump (red, black, & yellow plus green), then there will be a control box above ground that contains the capacitor. Pulling the pump is not necessary for capacitor replacement.

If you do have to have the pump pulled, the labor in doing that is so great you are money ahead to simply replace the pump at that time so you don't have to pay even more labor so soon down the road when the pump ultimately fails.

kbuy999
Re: Voltage Drop?

I can pull the pump on my own thats no problem the Well Driller showed me how when he put it in. And I have since pulled it out once on my own with know problem. it is a 3 wire pump.

One thing I have figured out in the past 2 days is that I believe my pressure tank is shot. It is not holding air for more than a month or so. So that needs to be replaced regardless. :( I guess I will start saving for a new pump just to be safe.

keith3267
Re: Voltage Drop?

"One thing I have figured out in the past 2 days is that I believe my pressure tank is shot. It is not holding air for more than a month or so. So that needs to be replaced regardless. I guess I will start saving for a new pump just to be safe."

Unless you have a bladder type tank, this would be normal. Water absorbs air. All you need is one of those air injector systems that adds a little bit of air every time the pump runs. They only cost a couple of dollars.

As for the pump, if you had a new one installed recently, there shouldn't be anything wrong with it. Mine is around 40 years old and still going strong. Two things you can do, one is, when the tank has a proper air charge, is to time how long it takes the pump to refill the tank from the low pressure to the high pressure settings on the controller. Your well driller should be able to tell if the time is about right for the depth of the well.

If you know someone with a clamp on ammeter, then measure the run current to see if that is consistent with the pump motor specs. If the pump is fairly new and it is drawing too much current or taking too long to fill, it may have a manufacturing defect or it got something stuck in the pump vanes when it was first installed.

kbuy999
Re: Voltage Drop?

I do have a bladder type tank. So this is probably shot. The pump is going on 15 years old. But I will get my buddies Amp meter and check that out. I still have the paperwork for the pump so I should be able to find the specs and check it against the reading. Thanks for the ideas.

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