Why Does My Water Pump Recycle Every Few Seconds?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Chances are that the minimum/maximum pressures on your system are set too close to each other. Normal settings are for the pump to kick on when it drops below 40# and turn off once it gets to 60#. You should have a pressure gauge right by your tank, and take a look at it when it kicks on and off. If the pump kicks on/off at other pressure settings, you can adjust it yourself at the pressure switch. This is the box that is attached to the piping and has a flexible electric cable running too it (which should have a switch at the other end). You can take the cover off of the pressure switch and there are two screws in there that adjust the min/max pressures. Make sure not to touch the screws that are attaching the wires to the switch, because they are probably 220V, and could be a very bad situation. This whole process could be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing, so make sure you do before you attempt it .

If your pressures are where they are supposed to be, then the next step is to either replace your bladder tank with a bigger one, or add another one to it, both of which should be done by a professional, unless you have considerable plumbing skills.
If you want, you can email me a picture of your pressure switch, and I can tell you which screw does what. I am very new to this site, and not even sure if this is possible, but if it is, then feel free to do so.

IF you want to leave this to a professional, then contact any company in your area that installs well pumps, and they should be able to help you out for a fee of course.
Glen Thornbury Profile
Glen Thornbury answered
You can 't pressurize water, and your tank is what's termed Water logged, or has no air in it.
First turn it off! Then drain the pressure off! Then AND ONLY THEN remove the plug on the side of the tank, and let ALL the water out, to that level.
Then dress the threads of the plug, and put it back REAL TIGHT!
William Dunlap Profile
William Dunlap answered
It sounds like your holding tank is waterlogged, if you have a drain plug drain out a few inches of water, restart pump it should build up pressure and be ok.

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