Look for other hidden causes of well pump cycling
water is running somewhere in the building without notice, such as a running toilet. a leaky check valve or foot valve at the water pump or in the well. a leak in well piping somewhere between the bottom of the well and the pressure tank in the building.... read more ›
In many cases, the problem stems from a leak in the drop pipe. Other common causes include air leaks in either the impeller or the pump casing, faulty check valves inside of the well pump, or a damaged foot valve at the bottom of your well.... see details ›
A blockage in the water supply piping.
For example, a clogged or nearly clogged water filter can cause the pump control to cycle on and off rapidly. This is because the blockage causes water pressure (between the pump and the filter) to rise very rapidly when the pump turns on.... continue reading ›
- Repair the tank air volume control.
- Drain the water tank and let air re-enter the tank.
- Drain the water from the tank and use the air inlet valve to recharge air back into your tank. The air charge should be 2 psi lower than you pump cut-on pressure.
Normal well pump operation with a pressure tank will give a water volume draw-down cycle of 30 seconds to 1-2 minutes for a typical water pressure tank, or much longer if larger water pressure tanks or water storage tanks are installed. this WATER PUMP INTERMITTENT CYCLING.... read more ›
Generally speaking, most well water pumps will cycle anywhere from once per minute to once every four hours. If your pump is cycling more frequently than this, it could be an indication that there is a problem with your pump or your well.... see more ›
Your well pump is designed to shut off once it reaches a certain pressure. A significant leak anywhere in the well piping lowers the water pressure in the system. So if the pressure is too low, your pump won't shut off and instead will continue running all the time.... read more ›
When your well pump runs but no water comes out – it may be due to a clogged sediment filter or a filtration system failure. If no water is coming out of your faucets, try putting your water filtration system on 'bypass' and see if that corrects the issue.... read more ›
- Changes in Water Pressure. ...
- Odd Noises From the Pump. ...
- Pressure Tank Sounds. ...
- Water Spitting From Faucets. ...
- Lack of Water. ...
- Constantly Running Pump. ...
- Higher Utility Bills. ...
- Sediment in Your Water.
How Long Can A Well Pump Run Before It Burns Out. Most well pumps can run for around 30 minutes to an hour before they start to overheat and run the risk of burning out. If you have a larger well or are using a lot of water, you may need to give the pump a break after 15-20 minutes to let it cool down before continuing ...... see more ›
Short cycling of a water pump means that the water pump or "well pump" turns on and off too rapidly or too frequently when water is being run in the building. "Short cycling" means switching on and off every 30 seconds or less.... see more ›
The pressure tank may be full of water
Pressure tanks are generally 70% filled with air, so when you knock on the tank it should sound hollow and empty. If you knock on the side of the tank and it does not sound hollow and empty that is a good indication that it is waterlogged.... see more ›
Well pump replacement costs $538 to $1,851 on average with most homeowners spending $400 to $2,000 to install a deep-well submersible pump and $300 to $1,200 for a shallow-well jet pump. New retail well pumps cost $100 to $1,200, and labor costs to replace range from $200 to $800.... view details ›
So a minute on and a minute off has always been the minimum rule of thumb. Two minutes on and two minutes off is just that much better for the motor. With the old conventional pressure tank method, the pressure tank fills at the rate the pump can produce, less the amount of water being used at the time.... see more ›
Well pumps use a huge amount of energy every time they start up. Well pumps should be sized by a professional. It is not uncommon for people to have 3/4 hp pumps installed in their wells equaling 30 minutes of pumping per day or 350 kWh/yr, while a ½ hp pump, which uses only 240 kWh/yr, would be sufficient.... see more ›
Normal well water pressure should fall between 40 and 60 psi, so if your pressure is outside the normal range, adjust the pressure switch.... see more ›
If your well pump keeps running, it's usually because of one of the following issues: You have a running appliance. The well pump may have lost prime. The pump pressure control switch is faulty.... view details ›
When your well pump runs but no water comes out – it may be due to a clogged sediment filter or a filtration system failure. If no water is coming out of your faucets, try putting your water filtration system on 'bypass' and see if that corrects the issue.... view details ›
If the water supply pipes become clogged, the pump will short cycle. A clog in the water supply creates high water pressure very quickly. The best way to check for this is to check the water filter. If it's dirty or blocked, replace it, and you may restore function.... see more ›
Without an air cushion, the well pump would activate each time any faucet is turned or toilet flushed. Well pump life is rated in on-off cycles—not hours of use—so short cycling significantly reduces the life of a pump and we check for it during an inspection.... see details ›