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    Just hooked up new pressure tank

    had trouble the other day with pump not working just making a humming noise. took down to the repair shop said got it working charged me 58 bucks and on my way. was having trouble with an old galvanized tank so decided to up grade that during this process. so got a pressure tank. hooked it all up go to turn pump on to see what i got . pump is not humming any more sound like it is turning just not kicking on loud like it used to. i see the little thingy (lol) spinning like a axel would do in the center of the pump but nothing. any ideas? does it take awhile to flush it self out of air before kicking on? is it priming itself and will eventually kick on?

    any help would be great thank you.. mike

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    didnt mean up graded from galvanized tank to pressure tank. my understanding galv is pressured too. got a tank with a bladder in it i meant to say. but still same result pump is spinning but not kicking on, i would think the pressures are all messed up which would i hope be my problem. why it doesnt kick on and just spins, but i want some water (

    someone help me please. im broke and have no water....

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    ok i found why i was pulling no water, needed to fill pump up with water to prime it i guess. did that turned on as i was filling water shot all over the place. turned off, tapped water up to top again and closed it all up. turned back on after a minute or two water was flowing. barely. but got it flowing. so i was moving in right direction.

    motor makes spinning noise still not loud like it used to make. would pull some water for abit, pressure would start out when it kick on about 10 psi. would run for a minute or two then kick off and pressure backs down to 0. after about 5 minutes motor clicks on and just spins not runs just spins pressure starts off again when motor kicks on at 10 psi runs for a minute or 2 then kicks off pressure back down to 0.

    would this still be a motor problem? seeing it is just spinning and not running full blast and it is also very hot to the touch like it is burning up.
    please bob lol or anyone else throw some advice at me. holiday weekend i will probably not be able to get anyone out here. plus if is just motor id rather put in myself and save 4 - 5 hundred bucks. but ofcourse holiday weekend probably wont be able to get a motor this weekend either...

    ho humm

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    You may need to fill it a few more times. This is called priming. After filling, leave the plug loose, don't tighten it. This lets the air out. Once all the air is gone, the pump should start filling the tank and make it up to the pressure switches turn off point. Now you may have to set the switch and tank to match each other. Read my FAQ page to find how to do this. Use the link below.

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    well just had someone here to look at it. he said sound like pump is not taking a prime. pump is filled with water. dont think any air. i cant keep the top off with out water shooting all over the place. said the tank is empty. said it is weird he wouldnt know where to begin seeing it is a new tank. said if he came into something like this he would start with replacing the tank that thats what it sounds like a bad tank not tanking in any water. said seeing it is new may not be, but sometimes things are defective even new. said i should call a well company to check everything out. i just want some water. bob come over to new jersey and fix this puppy for me.

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    The tank won't take in water unless the pump forces it in. I would keep this guy away from your pump and tank. He doesn't sound like the sharpest pump guy in town.

    I don't think you would like the service call rates I charge for those long distance calls. However I did do one in the Florida Keys last month for the use of a condo for a week. Not a bad swap.'

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    wish i had a condo in florida to give you a few weeks at. but you're saying i can get water to all my faucets but if pump isn't working it wont fill up the tank? how is that possible? faucets are spread all through out the house , tank is right next to the pump. hey i hope that is it. and no not using that guy. lol

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    is there any way there can be to much air in the tank to accept any water?

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    Yes, bladder tanks have a pre set amount of air in them. If the pump can't make that much pressure and more, the tank will not accept water. It's a matter of pressure pushing against pressure. The tank should be set two pounds less than the pressure switches on point.

    Do you know how much pressure your pump can make?

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    think we got it mostly worked out. stopped by the pump repair shop. the guy who worked on it the other day. said sounds like im not getting the amps to turn the pump. sent me home with and ohm or amp or what have you meter. hooked it up said 0. called him told him says 0. he says ok sounds like you have an electrical problem. told me to run an extension cord to it to see if that gives me a different reading from a different outlet. gave me 117 but still no power. told me to open the case to the motor to check that wiring. told me to make sure it matches the diagram on the side of motor. it didnt so i switched them around and waalaa got juice and pump and pressure. they rehooked a wire up wrong. but now my problem is it stalls at 58 psi and runs and runs. so im about to looked back in your previous meessages to other people and see why. i can remember someone else's post being something along those lines, and if i remember correctly maybe this is where the pounds in the tank come in that i need to ajust.. hopefullly but i got me some water lol.. i thank you ever so much. and in the future i will send my business to you if im looking for a new pump tank or anything else you sell and will send anyone i know to you. you provide a great service here and would be glad to send you the service bob. thank you again...

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